Tornado Disaster Relief | How You Can Help by Donating

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The American Red Cross remains in the hard hit northeast Nebraska towns of Pilger, Stanton, Wakefield and surrounding areas to help those affected by the recent tornadoes. Right now, five emergency response vehicles are in Pilger and the surrounding communities to provide help and Red Cross workers have delivered nearly 3,000 meals, snacks and waters.

The emergency shelter in Pilger will remain open and will serve as a place for residents and workers to gather a safe place to stay, a meal, minor first aid, and a shoulder to lean on should they need it.

24/7 Shelters:
Wisner-Pilger High School
801 18th Street
Wisner, NE
(402) 529-3249

“Since the tornadoes passed, more than 100 well-trained Red Cross disaster workers have been sheltering, delivering food and clothing, giving comfort and hope to all,” said Jill Orton, Region Disaster Officer. “Well trained disaster workers continue to evaluate damage, meeting with homeowners to determine their specific needs to develop an individual specific recovery plan.”

How to Help:
The Red Cross is grateful to everyone who wants to assist following this devastating disaster. As families are allowed to return home, compassionate Red Cross disaster workers will meet with them to determine their exact needs. The best way you can help those who have been impacted now, is to make a monetary donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. These donations will allow us to immediately help families replace items that they lost, like specific clothing sizes or critical medications.

Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

On Thursday, June 19 Raising Cane’s will be donating 10% of sales from their three Lincoln restaurants. In addition, they will be collecting donations from guests who want to round-up their orders to the nearest dollar or add donations onto their checks. 100% of donations and 10% of sales will go directly to the Pilger Nebraska Community Development Fund to assist with tornado relief.

Stop by any Lincoln Raising Cane’s restaurant (48th & R, 14th & P and 28th & Cornhusker) to play a part in helping our fellow Nebraskan’s whose lives have been affected by the devastating tornados that recently tore through Northeast, Nebraska and destroying 3/4ths of the town of Pilger, Nebraska.

Salvation Army personnel continue to serve those affected by tornadoes in Pilger, Neb. Emergency Services teams from Lincoln and Norfolk, Neb. remain on the scene. Lincoln Corps Officer, Major James Pennington, is the Incident Commander in Pilger.

Relief efforts will continue for as long as needed. Salvation Army officers and staff are focused on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first responders, providing food and hydration for impacted individuals, first responders and volunteers. Since Monday evening, more than 3,300 meals, beverages and snacks have been provided by The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army is accepting donations of Gatorade, Powerade or similar sports drinks through Friday, June 20 between 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services center, 10629 Burt Circle.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the storms to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Donors may contribute $10 via their phone by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs:

· A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
· A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing a broom, mop, bucket and other cleaning supplies
· A $100 donation can provide snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
· A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
· A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen fully operational for one day

People can also visit The Salvation Army’s Facebook and Twitter platforms for real time updates at and


Donations can be mailed to:

Pilger Community Development Fund
c/o Midwest Bank
PO Box 346
Pilger, NE 68768


You can drop your monetary donations off at any Midwest Bank location.
Midwest Bank customers can conduct business at any Midwest Bank location.