Salvation Army seeks donations for Wayne recovery efforts -
Published Friday, October 11, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 1:03 pm
Salvation Army seeks donations for Wayne recovery efforts

The Salvation Army is seeking donations to help with its relief efforts in Wayne, Neb., after last week's tornado.

Teams of disaster response workers went to the city immediately after the storm hit, and the agency is leading the recovery in coordination with the local government and other providers. The agency will stay in Wayne as long as needed.

People who want to donate money can send checks marked “Nebraska Tornado Relief” to the Salvation Army Western Division, 10755 Burt St., Omaha, NE 68114 or give online at Salvation Army officials said money is the best way to help, and every dollar goes directly to tornado relief.

The group also needs cleaning supplies — new brooms, dustpans, work gloves, heavy-duty trash bags and rakes — for long-­term recovery in Wayne. Those items can be taken to the Salvation Army Emergency Service Center at 10629 Burt Circle, east of 108th and Burt Streets, or the Lied Renaissance Center, 3612 Cuming St., until the end of the month.

The Wayne Rotary Club and churches in the community also will sponsor a soup luncheon fundraiser on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Free-will donations will be accepted. The luncheon will be at the Wayne Armory, 800 E. Seventh St.

In Macy, where a tornado also hit last week, the Omaha Tribe is providing new trailer homes to four displaced families and is assisting with installation. A fifth family plans to rebuild its home pending an insurance claim.

The tribe is seeking groceries, toiletries, bedding, furniture and other households goods for those families. Contributions will be accepted at the Omaha Tribe Emergency Management Office, 303 Main St., in Walthill, Neb. Checks may be sent to a fund at Charter West National Bank, 308 Main St., Walthill NE 68067. To donate by phone, call 402-846-5441.

The American Red Cross will provide cots, blankets and comfort kits to volunteers staying at the Wayne community shelter this weekend. Red Cross emergency response vehicles and workers also will be in the area with water and mental health help. People may donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief at or 1-800-733-2767.

Contact the writer: Betsie Freeman    |   402-444-1267

Betsie Freeman is a reporter covering social services, philanthropy and other topics.

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