IFB donates to support derecho relief efforts

Illinois Farm Bureau has donated $5,000 to support American Red Cross relief efforts following the Aug. 10 derecho that left destruction in rural Iowa and Illinois communities.

IFB is connecting with affected Illinois farmer members as well as peers in Iowa. As recovery continues, IFB and its members will seek opportunities to make a difference in rural communities in both states.

“Since this devastating event, we’ve watched in disbelief at the sheer amount of destruction to families, communities and the livelihood of our fellow farmers across Iowa and Illinois. The American Red Cross helps families begin to pick up the pieces, and we’re pleased to support their work in the immediate aftermath,” said IFB President Richard Guebert Jr.

In Illinois, Red Cross provided more than 1,100 overnight emergency shelter stays to people who lost power and needed emergency support for medical equipment or had significant damage to their homes. Red Cross provided nearly 900 overnight emergency shelter stays to Iowans. Red Cross also provided more than 4,200 meals and snacks in those shelters.

“Disaster’s aren’t over when the news-cycle ends. It is Illinois Farm Bureau’s intention to stay connected with members impacted as well as our neighbors in Iowa," said Susan Moore, IAA Foundation director and representative for IFB’s corporate contributions. "In the coming weeks and months, they will need our support and we know just like in previous disasters, our membership will rise to help wherever they can.”

IFB encourages members to donate to the American Red Cross disaster recovery efforts. Iowa Farm Bureau has established a disaster exchange resources page where impacted Iowans can seek assistance and those in a position to provide support can offer their goods or services. Click here to learn more.

This story was provided by FarmWeekNow.com.