Cedar Rapids American Legion Starts Drive for Tornado Victims: Find Out What is Needed Most

By Michelle Long, Producer

Home Depot employees Thanh Nguyen hands a case of bottled water to Brandon Powell both of Cedar Rapids as a disaster response crew composed of workers from the Waterloo and Cedar Rapids Home Depots provide assistance to the relief efffort Tuesday, May 27, 2008, in Aplington. A tornado tore through the city Sunday. The water will go to people in New Hartford which also was affected by the severe weather. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

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By Michelle Long

(CEDAR RAPIDS) - After an overwhelming response in Washington, Coralville and North Liberty for donations to storm victims, the American Legion in Cedar Rapids is opening up a drive of its own.

The American Legion Post "5" will accept donations of food, water, clothing, and other household items to help the people in Parkersburg.

AMERICAN LEGION DONATION DRIVE
Cedar Rapids Post 5
4719 J Street South West
Thursday May 29th-Sunday June 8th
Drop Off Times: 9 AM to 7 PM Monday-Friday
For questions, contact the legion office at 319-364-6146

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According to volunteers working in the disaster areas of Parkersburg, these are the items needed the MOST at this time ... they say they already have plenty of water right now:

- Brand New Socks and Underwear
- Cleaning Supplies
- Large Black Trash Bags
- Mattresses (All Sizes)
- Blankets and Comforters (Queen Size)
- Dish Soap
- Triple and Double-A Batteries
- Plastic Baggies (like sandwich bags)
- Non-perishable food items (like canned items)
- Cash Donations to Red Cross with "memo" line to "Iowa Tornado Victims"

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You can also donate money directly to the Aplington-Parkersburg School Tornado Fund. The money goes to support students, teacher, and staff.

Just send a check to:

Aplington-Parkersburg School Tornado Fund
P.O. Box 607 Aplington, IA 50604

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Click on stories in "Related Content" to see how people have donated in other communities around Eastern Iowa.

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