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Donations across the metro expected to continue into next week

Posted: 6:54 PM, Mar 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-20 19:57:20-04
Donations across the metro expected to continue into next week

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — From Millard to Council Bluffs, Midwesterners are offering all they can to help one another.

"I can't even envision what these people are going through," said Ruth Fountain, who's donating in Council Bluffs. "It's part of what we need to do as people."

In Iowa, Nebraska Coast Inc. is collecting goods that many evacuees likely left at home.

"One shelter contacted me yesterday and said, 'One thing that people didn't think about when leaving their homes so quickly was to grab their contact solution, deodorant, and tooth paste.'" said Terri Gach-Mils with Nebraska Coast Inc. "They were busy getting their valuables and momentos that mean a lot to them."

One semi-truck filled with supplies left for Shenandoah and Hamburg, Iowa around 1 p.m. Wednesday. And hamburg's a place that's close to Terri's heart.

"My parents have a place in Hamburg and we have yet to see if it's flooded," Gach-Mils said.

At Canfield Plaza around 87th and W Center Streets, the Salvation Army volunteers are breaking down boxes to sort items more specifically, making the old Canfield's more of a super market. Volunteers like Lucreatia Paul have spent at least three days sorting cleaning supplies.

"In the past we've been collecting and sorting, but now they want it more specific so people can come in and shop," Paul said.

And at one of the Nebraska's biggest school districts, Millard Public Schools has been using its mail trucks to ship collected goods.

"I don't know if there's ever been a time I've been more proud of this community," Superintendent Dr. Jim Suftin said. "To step forward sends a positive message in our community."