CEDAR FALLS – More than $ 5,000 was generated by AMVETS Post 49 for its sister station in Owensboro, Ky., To help residents of the tornado-ravaged Southeastern state earlier this month.
The Cedar Falls AMVETS Station, with help from the Main Street Social Club, hosted a 50/50 Spaghetti Dinner and Raffle on Thursday, and gave attendees the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to help AMVETS Post 199 to Owensboro to fulfill its missions.
According to AMVETS organizer Amanda Krie-Blum, nearly 80 people attended the event and “$ 1,350 was raised in a matter of hours.”
The organization continued to collect donations until Sunday and raised $ 1,750 to help meet the basic needs of victims in Kentucky.
The overall effort came as no surprise to Krie-Blum, who said the group “takes pride in coming together to help others.” Hearing about the request for her sister post, she immediately knew people who would come together to help prepare the noodles and gravy in the kitchen.
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“I choke on it, but I’ve been here since 2007, and these people are giving up whatever they do to help. It’s great to see, and you really have to be there to understand what these people are doing and how selfless they are, ”said Krie-Blum.
With an additional $ 500 from the AMVETS Post 49 budget, an additional $ 1,000 from the local AMVET Riders and Sons of AMVETS and $ 2,000 from its state affiliates, $ 5,250 was raised to help the people of Kentucky.
Tornadoes swept through six states on December 10 and 11, killing at least 77 people and causing widespread destruction. But Kentucky was arguably hit the hardest by the scorching weather event.
“Living in Iowa we understand all the damage that storms and tornadoes can cause, so let’s help them and help them with whatever donation we can,” said Dan Macdonald, Iowa AMVETS Commander. , in a letter to local posts and their families.
After-school program founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones which will open at the facility in January.
There is still time to help. A check can be sent to:
AMVETS Ext. 119 C / O Sam Byrd
PayPal is another option: paypal.me/SamByrdAmvets119