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Anonymous $100,000 gift for Disaster Relief Fund

Anonymous $100,000 gift for Disaster Relief Fund

KEARNEY, Neb. – The following is from the Kearney Area Community Foundation:

“One month after the July 9th flood, there was a $100,000 check in the mailbox at the Kearney Area Community Foundation from an anonymous donor for the Disaster Relief Fund on Friday, August 9th.

“Wow – it is hard to wipe the smile off our faces at the office.  Like other local nonprofits, our staff has been working above and beyond since the March flooding . . .  so receiving a significant gift for our neighbors in need makes it all worth it,” Sickler exclaimed.  “We are so humbled that the anonymous donor chose to invest in our community to help our neighbors in need.  What an impact this gift will have on the more than 450 Buffalo County households reporting losses from the July flooding.”

The timing of the gift couldn’t be better.

Along with the United Way of the Kearney Area, the Community Foundation will be sending out a letter and an application form for assistance this week to households that recorded damages with local organizations assisting after the disaster.  If people have their primary residence in Buffalo County and suffered losses from the July flooding, the Kearney Area Community Foundation and United Way of the Kearney Area are able to provide some financial assistance.

The Disaster Relief Fund Assistance Request forms and checks will be processed through the Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska.

In order to be eligible to receive disaster relief funds, residents with verified flood loss will be required to fill out a short application and must present the following information: invoices/estimates for costs incurred from flooding, a form of identification and proof of residency in Buffalo County (i.e. utility bill, bank statement or ID with current address). Each household will be eligible for up to $700 to help offset flood-related expenses.  All paperwork will need to be submitted on or before September 16.”