Locals deliver emergency items to Iowa flood victims


Kris Ploeger, Amanda Ockenga, Julia Vanderziel and Kammi Vanderziel were among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who helped assemble emergency hygiene kits on June 25. The kits were delivered to Hull, Iowa on Wednesday, June 26 for victims of historic flooding in the Rock Valley and Spencer, Iowa areas. Contributed photo

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Pipestone recently coordinated the donation, packaging and delivery of emergency hygiene kits to victims of historic flooding in the Rock Valley and Spencer, Iowa areas.

Kris Ploeger, president of the church’s relief society, said she put the word out that donations would be accepted at her home on Monday morning, June 24 and there was an outpouring of support from people in Pipestone, Edgerton, Marshall and other communities.

“The donations just steadily kept coming,” she said. “People were dropping off donations at 11:30 p.m. Monday night and all morning on Tuesday.”

Enough items were collected to assemble 136 emergency hygiene kits, 18 of which were specifically for children. The kits were taken to an Emergency Flood Relief Center in Hull, Iowa on Wednesday, June 26.

“Many lives will be blessed because of the generosity of area community members,” Ploeger said. “The hygiene kits filled an immediate need but ongoing clean up efforts are just getting underway and will be needed for weeks to come.”

She said further information about volunteer opportunities for work parties being organized to help with the cleanup efforts will be forthcoming and that she will share that information on social media. There is also a need for items including shavers, travel size sunscreen, body lotion, hair ties, latex and latex-free gloves, plastic cups, cases of Gatorade or Powerade, work gloves, liquid dish soap, gallon size Ziploc bags, plastic totes of medium size, and single size foods such as pudding cups, cereal cups, snacks, peanut butter cups or macaroni and cheese.

All donations can be dropped off at Ploeger’s residence at 1307 Seventh St. S.W. in Pipestone. Ploeger said members of the church will be making weekly trips to the Emergency Flood Relief Center in Hull as needed. People can call Ploeger at 507-227-6167 for more information.