After the success of raising money for those who have been affected by the flooding throughout Nebraska during the NIT Men’s Basketball game against Butler in April, the University of Nebraska Athletic Department has released the following statement in regards to another effort to raise money for the flooding victims before the Spring Game this coming Saturday.
Per the release:
The recent unprecedented flooding has impacted thousands of families across Nebraska and in Southwest Iowa. To date, 74 cities and 65 counties have been declared a State of Emergency.
Nebraska Athletics would like to encourage all Nebraskans to help in the relief efforts. At the Nebraska Red-White football game on Saturday, April 13, 2019, the Red Cross, Nebraska Athletics, N Club letterwinners and student-athletes will collect cash donations inside all entrances of Memorial Stadium when the doors open at 11:30 a.m. until 12:50 p.m. giving Husker Fans time to get to their seats before the Tunnel Walk. Fans are asked to have their donations ready for the bucket collection upon entry in order to assist with getting fans to their seats inside the stadium.
-ALL funds collected in Memorial Stadium will go toward the Nebraska / Southwest Iowa flood relief.
-Volunteers will ONLY collect inside the gates and buckets will NOT be passed inside the Stadium.
The Red Cross is coordinating with community and government partners to address people’s urgent needs, providing support to those affected and assisting with recovery efforts. They are focused on shelter operations, providing a safe place to stay, a place to sleep, meals and referrals to partner agencies to those who have been displaced from their homes due to the flooding.
To date, specific to the Nebraska-Southwest Iowa flooding disaster, the Red Cross has:
- Provided 30 shelters, to accommodate more than 6,000 shelter stays across Nebraska and Southwest Iowa
- Served more than 111,000 meals and snacks
- Distributed more than 59,000 emergency relief supplies
The shelters will remain open as long as necessary. The Red Cross is projecting that disaster relief will last at a minimum two more months, and then they will begin to pivot into a long-term recovery plan to help those affected here at home.
At the NIT basketball game the Red Cross raised over $28,000 dollars for the flood victims in Nebraska and southwest Iowa.
I’m excited to see how much more can be raised this coming Saturday.