Charles City Rotary asking for supply donations to give to derecho storm victims

The derecho or “inland hurricane” that hit Iowa this month, reportedly destroyed 43% of the state’s crops and left many homeless and displaced. The Charles City Rotary Club, who met for their regular meeting on Monday, quickly decided to lend a hand.

Former President Kay Winkelman says immediately the club knew it needed to do something to help.


The club is planning to collect a trailers worth of supplies and trucking it to Cedar Rapids on Friday. The trailer will be located at the south end of the Hy-Vee Parking lot in Charles City and will be there from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Volunteers are needed for the trailer and delivery.

Items needed:

Water for drinking
Chainsaw oil
2 cycle oil
Chains for chainsaw
Baby wipes
Peanut butter
Any shelf-stable food
Extension cords
Large trash bags
Paper towels
Feminine products


Carter Melrose

Carter bullied his way onto the KCHA radio waves after spending 4 years at the University of Iowa as a studying journalist. He writes news, short stories, features, but more than anything, he has a proclivity to wax philosophically.
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