One year ago devastating tornadoes ripped through parts of northwest Iowa destroying homes and farmsteads in their path. On October 4, 2013, tornadoes were reported in Woodbury, Cherokee, Plymouth, Monona, Buena Vista, and Clay counties. American Red Cross volunteers were ready to respond within hours after the storms hit, and tonight the students of Woodbury Central will say thank you.
In the days following the tornadoes, Woodbury Central students exchanged school time for another important lesson; giving back to the community. For two school days, more than 200 students helped the residents affected by the tornadoes clean up their homes and remove debris from their fields.
“The two days we took the student body out, the Red Cross fed all of our kids and brought drinks and snacks,” said Principal Don Bormann. “It was greatly appreciated, so we wanted to say thank you to the Red Cross for helping us out as we helped out the community.”
To commemorate the one year anniversary of the storms, the Woodbury Central Student Council will be collecting donations for the Red Cross at tonight’s football game against Lawton-Bronson. The teens will have a table set up next to the Siouxland Area Chapter’s emergency response vehicle. Many may remember Red Cross volunteers driving that vehicle up and down the rural roads offering food and snacks to those working hard to put their lives back together.
Throughout the week students at Woodbury Central also passed the bucket at lunchtime to raise money for the Red Cross. Some of the elementary classrooms also brought in their loose change to help.
“The Red Cross is so very honored to have the support of Woodbury Central,” said Bob Kirschbaum, chapter support office for the Red Cross in the Greater Northwest Iowa area. “It’s a pleasure to be a part of the Siouxland community and we’re happy that we can be here when our friends and neighbors are in need.”
“We’re grateful the Red Cross was there for our community members who were hit last fall,” said Principal Bormann. “Thank you for all the help you gave.”
Tonight’s football game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. at Woodbury Central.