Updated: Flood Relief Fundraisers/Drives; Let Us Help Share the Information!

Updated: Flood Relief Fundraisers/Drives; Let Us Help Share the Information!
Photo: Nebraska State Patrol

CUSTER COUNTY–In one part of the state Nebraskans saw nearly two feet of snow and on the other side of the state people had to be rescued by boat as they watched their homes, belongings, and memories be washed away. The pain and loss these people feel is something very few of us can comprehend, but as Nebraskans we want to do our part in helping relieve some of that pain.

Many fundraisers have already started by helping those who have lost so much. We want to help get the word out to those interested in donating to relief efforts.

If an organization or business has started a fundraiser for flood relief or is looking to start one, let us help you to get the word out! Send information regarding the drives, donation locations, or fundraising efforts to (308) 872-5881; gavin@sandhillsexpress.com; info@sandhillsexpress.com

Please include the name of the organization, the dates of the drive , the city where the drive will take place, items accepted, contact information, and any other pertinent information you would like to be shared.

Flood Relief Fundraisers (as of 03/20/2019):


Business/Organization: Nebraska Broadcasters Association #NebraskaStrong Drive for Flood Relief
Location: State Wide
Drive Details: The Nebraska Broadcasters Association has set up an over the phone and online donation drive to take place on Friday, March 22, from 5 AM-11 PM. Red Cross volunteers will staff a phone bank at a mutiline Omaha Steaks call center. High volumes of calls are expected, so please be patient as wait times are inevitable.
To donate on Friday between 5 AM and 11 PM call 1 (844) 278-8555 or donate on-line by going to  www.redcross.org/donate and click “Disaster Relief.”

Business/Organization: Grocery Kart
Location: 937 East S East St, Broken Bow, NE 68822
Drive Details: Grocery Kart is taking donations for flood relief. They are matching up to $1,000 in donations!

Business/Organization: Nebraska Flood Relief Fun Run 5K Run/Walk
Location: Broken Bow Melham Softball Complex
Drive Details: Help support our fellow Nebraskans during this devastating time. All proceeds will be donated to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Disaster Fund. 100% of their donations will be distributed to Nebraska, farmers, ranchers, and local communities affected by this disastrous flood.
The 5K will take place Saturday, April 13 at the Melham Softball Complex. Registration begins at 9:15 AM with the run/walk starting at 10 AM.
Ages 10+: $25
5-10: $10
5 and under: free
Registration forms can be picked up at Ansley Lumber, Broken Bow Chamber, and KCNI/KBBN. Forms need to be mailed in by April 8th. If you do not want to run, but would like to donate, there is an option on the form to to donate. If there are any questions please call Karly Boje at (308) 870-5208.

Business/Organization: Tiffany Theater
Location: 317 S 10th Ave., Broken Bow, NE 68822
Drive Details: Items: nonperishable food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies can be dropped off at the the Tiffany Theater for a small bag of popcorn. Specific items to donate include water, paper towels, toilet paper, shovels, dog and cat food, large leaf bags, laundry soap, diapers, baby wipes,baby formula, cots, sleeping bags (new), pillows (new). This drive run in conjunction with the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce

Business/Organization: Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce
Location: 424 South 8th Ave., Broken Bow, NE 68822
Drive Details: Items: nonperishable food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies can be dropped off at the Chamber Office from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.Specific items to donate include water, paper towels, toilet paper, shovels, dog and cat food, large leaf bags, laundry soap, diapers, baby wipes,baby formula, cots, sleeping bags (new), pillows (new). Call the Chamber at (308) 872-5691 with any questions.

Business/Organization: Jeremiah Daugherty
Location: 1141 South D St. Broken Bow NE 68822
Drive Details: Two veteran families lost nearly everything in the flood and are in need of clothing (XXL-Boy/Girl sizes), furniture, non-perishable food items, and cleaning supplies. Items can be dropped off at the above address, please call (308) 870-2689 when you plan on dropping off items. Truck will leave this weekend.


Business/Organization: Callaway FFA Chapter
Location: Callaway High School
Drive Details: Callaway FFA Chapter is asking for donations to help flood victims. They are looking for all donations big or small. If you would like to donate, find a local chapter member, donate money or gift cards of your chosen amount (money donations will be used to purchase supplies needed for flood victims.) If you wish to purchase your own supplies you can drop them of at Callaway High School and request to have them taken to the Ag room by Friday, March 22.


Business/Organization: Dawson Tire and Wheel
Location: 511 Cottonwood Drive, Gothenburg, NE 69138
Drive Details: Items: nonperishable food, towels/blankets, baby necessities, and toiletries can be dropped off Monday, March 18-Monday, April 15 from 7:30AM-5:30PM Monday through Friday.  If these times do not work, please call Ashley or Kasi during business hours at (308) 537-7408 to set up a pickup time after hours.

STATE (via News Channel Nebraska)

American Red Cross: Area residents can donate at redcross.org/local/nebraska. Monetary donations are better than material goods, which are hard to distribute.

Auburn: Auburn High School is accepting toiletries, food water and monetary donations to bring to North Bend, Neb. The Bulldogs played North Bend Central in the Class C1 State Championship on March 9.

Battle Creek: Partnership with Orphan Grain Train.  Drop off location St. John Lutheran Church Parish Hall.  Tuesday & Wednesday (March 19-20) 7:30am-9:30am and 3:30pm-6:00pm.  Collecting:  New Pillows, blankets, bath towels, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body soap, dish soap, trash bags, ziplock bags, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, Kleenex, Clorox.  Click for full flyer.

Boyd County:  Monetary donations for Boyd County can be sent to Nebraska State Bank, PO Box 75, Lynch NE 68746

Butler County:  Donation center set up at the Butler County event center at the fairgrounds in David City.  Accepting: Food, pet food,  water, Gatorade,  clothing, cleaning products, hygiene products, baby food.  Someone is there Monday through Friday this week 8:30-5:30. Donations are also accepted during these times.

Columbus: Skeeter Barnes in Columbus is taking donations. If you are in need of something, you can call 402-562-0030 from 10am – 10pm. They have baby –adult clothes, car seats, shoes, canned food, water available. Delivery may be available.

Columbus: 1C Church is accepting donations of water and cleaning supplies.

Columbus: Monetary donations can be made to the Columbus/Platte County Area Disaster Fund through First National Bank.

HyVee: Round-Up for Flood Relief – when you check out, round up your total amount to help Nebraska recover!  Hy-Vee will be matching up to $50,000. The money will be given to the American Red Cross to be distributed throughout the state.

Laurel: Laurel-Concord Ministerial Association is accepting donations for disaster relief.  They are seeking hygiene, household, work supplies and food.  See entire list of needs on the flyer.  Donations can be dropped off at the Laurel Auditorium Monday -Friday 8am-5pm.  After hour donations can be arranged (see flyer.)  Checks can also be made out to the Laurel-Concord Ministerial Association with Disaster Relief in the memo.

Madison: Madison Knights of Columbus Fish Fry will be donating $1 a plate to relief efforts this Friday night.

Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund: Accepting monetary donations for cattle producers impacted by the current natural disasters.  You can download a donation form at here or mail a check to Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund, 4611 Cattle Drive, Lincoln, NE 68521.

Nebraska City: Donation stops have been set up at Tractor Supply Company and The Dollar Tree. The Dollar Tree is matching item-for-item donations purchased at the store. The Nebraska City Middle School Student Council is also accepting donations at the school.

Nebraska Farm Bureau:  A Disaster Relief Fund has been established at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation to provide emergency aid to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities affected by recent storms and flooding.  100% of the donations will be distributed to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities affected by the disasters.  To donate or apply for aid from the Disaster Relief Fund, utilize the Agriculture Disaster Exchange portal, or access other disaster assistance resources, visit www.nefb.org/disaster.

Newman Grove:  Community Caring Hearts is sponsoring a matching fund campaign up to $5,000 for all funds received by April 15, 2019.  Donations can be mailed to: Bank of Newman Grove, Att: Connie, P.O. Box 479, Newman Grove, NE 68758.  Make checks payable to “We Care Fund.”   Click for full flyer. 

Niobrara:  There has been a relief fund account set up at Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Please send donations to:  Niobrara Relief Fund, % F & M State Bank, PO Box 229, Niobrara NE 68760.  **Please be advised that this route for donation is recommended as there has been reports and concerns of fraudulent Niobrara Relief Go-Fund-Me pages.

Norfolk:  Divots Sandbar will be serving chili through March 31 and will donate $1 for each bowl of chili purchased. This money will go to the Red Cross.   Norfolk Lodge & Suites will donate $5 from each night’s stay through 3/31. This donation will go to the Orphan Grain Train to help victims of Nebraska Flooding.

Norfolk: First United Methodist Church is seeking monetary donations to help purchase items left behind by the Pierce Premier Estates  & Madison House residents who were evacuated.  Cash or checks can be given in the church office, 406 West Phillip Avenue, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Orphan Grain Train:   Accepting donations for the relief of families devastated by the flood waters in Nebraska.  Donate online at www.ogt.org click the Donate button and choose your donation to go to Nebraska Floods or mail your donation marked for Nebraska Floods to: Orphan Grain Train, PO Box 1466, Norfolk, NE 68702.

Pierce: Pierce Community Golf Course fish fry, Friday, 5pm will be accepting donations for the Pierce & Hadar Fire & Rescue.

Raising Cane’s: Holding fundraiser & collecting supplies.  15% of Sales on Wednesday, March 20 at Lincoln, Grand Island, Norfolk, Kearney and North Platte restaurants being donated.   In addition, all the restaurants will be serving as a donation drop site from Monday, March 18 through Sunday, March 24. Donations will be given to the Salvation Army in each restaurant’s community and given to flood victims. In specific, they are looking for:  Cleaning Supplies – Mops, bleach, Clorox wipes, 5-gallon buckets, paper towels, rags, dust masks, gloves, etc.   Personal Hygiene Items- Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, diapers, baby wipes, etc.  Items for Volunteers- Water, Sports Drinks, individual snack items

Royal: Last Chance Bar is hosting a Bloody Mary Bar, Sunday, March 24th from 11-2 with all proceeds going towards Local Flood Victims.

Santee: The community is in need of assistance in the form of paper products, diapers, formula.  Our Savior Lutheran Church in Norfolk will accept these donations this week from 8am-4pm.

Tilden: Immanuel Lutheran Church, is collecting Disaster Relief for Flood victims through Wednesday to be delivered to the Orphan Grain Train for distribution. Items being collected: cleaning supplies, bleach, heavy duty trash bags, durable neoprene/latex gloves. Also, paper products, paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, women’s sanitary products and incontinence products. New pillows and new blankets. Non-perishable food.

Verdigre: Neala Boyer has organized a fundraiser for the  Ruzicka Homestead which lost the 5th generation family farm and home in the flooding.  Here is a link to the Go Fund Me page:  https://bit.ly/2TenLUs

Verdigre: Disaster Relief Fund has been set up at Pinnacle Bank, 400 Main Street, Verdigre, NE 68783.  402-668-2205

United Way of the Midlands: Has established the Nebraska & Iowa Flood Relief Fund. One hundred percent of every donation will be given to nonprofit programs that provide shelter, food and other services in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. Go to unitedwaymidlands.org/floodrelief or text FLOODRELIEF to 41444. United Way also is helping flood victims in Nebraska and southwest Iowa through its 211 Helpline.