A Scout is Helpful:
As tornadoes roared through the area on Thursday, first responders, including many of our own volunteers in volunteer fire departments, had to leave the District Roundtable to assist in the care and rescue of those trapped in the rubble.
Friday and Saturday saw additional recovery efforts and the start of the massive clean up. Authorities are still assessing the needs on the ground, and have asked that those wishing to help in some way, contact the Red Cross or Illinois Emergency Response Team prior to any effort to go to the area to help. Major collection of food, blankets, and personal supplies by regional churches have already begun, and there is some concern that the supply now exceeds their ability to manage it all.
Please watch their websites for needs identified by the Red Cross and Emergency Response Team. If you are able to help in some way right now, call them.
Most important, please recognize that a short time from now, when the TV crews are gone, and the public's attention has shifted, these folks will be feeling pretty forgotten and alone with the huge cleanup and recovery of their property and their lives. That's when they will need our help most. Stay tuned to this website and calls from local Scouters for ways to help.
Don Kinney, Scout Executive
Boy Scout Volunteers in Tornado Cleanup
Don & Judy Kinney, Jerry Coots, Dan Banko and a crew of tornado response volunteers who set up one of the Boy Scout Council's MASH tents for use by Volunteers and residents of a tornado ravaged area near Rochelle, Illinois
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