Salvation Army rallies volunteers, donations to assist flood victims

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Many kind metro-area residents took time Saturday to donate items to local organizations assisting flood victims that lost everything.

The Salvation Army collected donations at 87th and Center at the Old Canfield building throughout the weekend.

Dozens of people spent Saturday at the facility helping to sort through some of the donations.

One volunteer said he didn't lose anything in the flood and felt helping was the best way to spend his Saturday.

The Salvation Army asked for water, non-perishable foods and monetary donations. They said cash and online payments give them the flexibility to buy items they're not getting enough of.

"Well you know when watching today the garden tools, think of tools that you need if you're cleaning up a flood and one of those things is a big old scoop shovel to bail water with, buckets, cleaning supplies and today a few other people have brought in things like diapers and other paper products, and I think those are helpful too," Jeff Beckman, the executive director of development said.

Beckman said not to donate ideas like clothes. They are not equipped to handle those items.

The organization will be back at the Old Canfield building on Sunday from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. and would be happy to have more volunteers.