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Casey’s to lend a helping hand

Published: Monday, June 23, 2014 4:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014 4:19 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — An area business is partnering with the American Red Cross to raise money for the disaster relief efforts for the victims of the recent severe weather across the Midwest.

Bureau County Red Cross Chapter Director Lori Compton said the Midwest River Region of the American Red Cross has announced all Casey’s General Stores in Illinois and Iowa are collecting donations for the Red Cross disaster relief program.

Compton said the local Casey’s General Stores have always been very positive in helping when the Red Cross has needed assistance in providing services for the larger events or needs in the county. It’s wonderful the company has paired up again with the Red Cross to help meet this latest need, she said.

On June 16, tornadoes, high winds and flooding hit various parts of the Midwest, hitting especially hard in northeast Nebraska. The Red Cross is in the area with shelters, food, water and supplies.

Though the Bureau County Red Cross has not been called to deploy any volunteers to those sites, the regional Red Cross, headquartered in the Quad Cities, has deployed two of its emergency response vehicles to distribute food and relief supplies, Compton said.

To help with this latest disaster relief need, area residents may visit any Casey’s Generals Stores, which are located locally in Princeton, Wyanet, DePue, Ladd, Sheffield, Buda and Spring Valley.

People can also make donations to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

In other local Red Cross news, Compton said the Red Cross is having its next large bloodmobile on July 3 at the First United Methodist Church in Princeton. For a complete list of upcoming bloodmobiles, dates and places, people may contact the Princeton office at 815-879-2231, Compton said.

The summer months are always a time when more people are needed to give blood because so many of the regular donors are on vacation, Compton said.

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