Three Iowa nonprofits head to Texas to help with recovery

Published: Feb. 27, 2021 at 10:21 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Three Eastern Iowa nonprofits teamed up with CRST to send help to Texas after much of the south received record-breaking cold temperatures and snow accumulations.

Together We Achieve, Bridge Under the Bridge, and the Iowa Giving Crew spent a week gathering donations of food and money to fill a semi-trailer necessities to send to Texas.

“They have a big need for water,” Nick Dusil, president of the Iowa Giving Crew, said. “Even though power was getting back online, there were still some issues with the potency of water.”

The three nonprofits teamed up to help during the August derecho. They fed thousands of families who didn’t have the power to cook a warm meal. They said it was now time to return the favor to the people of Texas who came and helped during our time of need.

“When the derecho happened, we had a lot of out-of-state help,” Dusil said. “Texas in particular. They have a similar situation with widespread damage.”

Connor Swain was the CRST truck driver who made the 12-hour trip to drop off the necessities. He said he drove through parts of the south when the storm initially hit.

“As soon as you hit the border of Mississippi, it was a tundra,” Swain said. “The interstate was frozen for miles. I got a police escort for the first 40 miles of Mississippi.”

Once he dropped the trailer at the Glen Heights Texas Police Station, volunteers gave the donations out. That included members of Bridge Under the Bridge and Together We Achieve. It was a testament to how Iowans tallied together in times of need.

“We do such a good job of rallying around Iowans during local events,” Dusil said. “This just shows that by raising money and dropping off donations to help out Texas when we are still recovering from the derecho ourselves.”

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