What happened in Iowa?
On August 10th, 2020 Iowa was hit with an inland hurricane known as a "Derecho". Over 70,000 homes lost power, and it's estimated that over 10 million crops were destroyed. Due to the Pandemic and it being an election year, this catastrophic event hasn't been given much attention by the media. Without media attention, the affected area has been slow to receive support in this trying time. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, and many families are having difficulty getting basic necessities such as food and water. Also due to the current Pandemic state, many organizations are unwilling to send relief teams and volunteers to the area, for fear of increasing exposure risk. Military officials have compared the impact of this Derecho to hurricane Katrina in 2005.
100% of the proceeds from our online shop will be donated to organizations working directly with the people in the affected area and bringing relief. Follow us on social media to track your/our impact @healtheheartland!
More information below about how you can help.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
1. Learn more about the #iowaderecho and it's impact; share posts/info on social media to help bring awareness! Follow our fundraising instagram account @healtheheartland for more information on how you can help!
2. Support financially! 100% of the proceeds from our online shop will be immediately donated to supporting the community affected by the Derecho. In order to ensure that funds are used quickly and efficiently to support the community, we've connected with locals in the area to find out the best way to support them in this time. Amazon items (toiletries, non perishable foods, tarps - email us for an updated "needs list" as it changes daily!) can be ordered and delivered directly to the drop off donation site address listed below:
Iowa Derecho Relief Center
5001 1st Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Direct financial donations can be made here.
3. SHARE posts and information on social media about how this storm has massively impacted lives in the midwest! We will continue to post and share more information on our fundraising account @healtheheartland.
Last but not least, THANK YOU for helping us to support our midwestern friends during this time. 2020 has had such a massive impact on all of our lives, but we cannot fathom the toll it must take to ALSO weather such a storm on top of the Pandemic. Please feel free to email us with any questions! firstname.lastname@example.org