The Salvation Army in Omaha is seeking assistance from the public for a disaster of its own. Spokesperson Susan Eustice says their Gene Eppley Camp north of Plattsmouth was hit hard by Friday’s storm. Camp for 175 regional youth was scheduled to start the following day but that was postponed due to storm damage. Several buildings were damaged along with automobiles, other vehicles, equipment and dozens of large trees were uprooted and shredded by the high wind.
Eustice says they have been working hard all week and plan on welcoming the children to camp this Saturday, June 24th. She says, “It is staggering to see the extent of the damage and how desolate it looks. There are still some buildings that need repairs but yes, we are ready to open for campers on Saturday. We want to give them the best experience they can possibly get. These campers, these young kids don’t often get a camping experience but Mother Nature intervened and we’re going to try to make up for that. In the meantime we have a lot of needs.”
Eustice says their weekly food supply was lost and they need cash contributions to replace it. She says they cannot accept donations of food directly due to USDA regulations. They also need bottled water, money to replace outdoor furniture and outdoor games. They are also in need of loaner 4 wheelers to be used by the nurse in case there is an emergency. They also need golf carts for the physically disabled.
They would also like trees donated so they can replace those destroyed by the storm.
Nebraskans wanting to help can log on to www.SalArmyOmaha.org for more information.