Hoosiers Help plans trip to flood-stricken Nebraska

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Staff Writer Kate Wehlann

The fields of Nebraska are usually full of greenish vegetation in late March, ready and waiting for plows to come out and start preparing for spring planting. This year, however, a substantial portion of the state, and parts of other states, are full of water after severe flooding in March. Farmers in parts of Nebraska and Iowa had little time to evacuate before floodwaters rushed over their land, often consuming last year’s harvest and livestock behind. NASA has released photos of the flooding that can be seen from space.

In short, it’s a disaster.

But that’s something Hoosiers Help volunteers aren’t strangers to. They’ve gone to hurricane-drenched communities in Florida, North Carolina and Texas and are heading out to deliver supplies to Elkhorn, Nebraska on April 25.

They are collecting donations of cleaning supplies, toiletries and nonperishable foods until April 12.

• Disinfectant cleaners (no aerosols)
• Trash bags
• 5-gallon buckets
• Paper towels
• Body soap
• Shampoo/conditioner
• Toilet paper
• Diapers/wipes
• Individually wrapped snacks
• Baby food (can’t be expired or in glass containers)

Financial donations are also appreciated. Make checks payable to Hoosiers Help with “Nebraska” in the memo line. These can be mailed to 7380 W. Mt. Tabor Rd., Salem, Indiana, 47167. You can also donate online at MTCChurch.org/give and select “Hoosiers Help.”

You can drop off supply donations at Mt. Tabor Christian Church, Southern Hills Christian Church and the Washington County Family YMCA. Area schools are also collecting items from students.

Donations of farm supplies, specifically small square bales of hay and fencing supplies are needed as well, for departure on April 25. If you would like to donate, contact Beth Armstrong at 812-896-4972. Texting is preferred, but be sure to leave your name, number of bales and your address. Information on this must be gathered by April 17.

Blue River Farm Supply in Palmyra has started a fundraising account, Hoosiers Help-Nebraska, and you can donate to that in the store, by calling Blue River at 812-364-6675, or by calling Beth Armstrong. Funds raised by April 17 will be used to place an order for T-posts, barbed wire, post drivers, insulators and clips, all at cost.

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