Thousands of people in Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities remain without power and necessities in the aftermath of the massive wind storm which moved through the Midwest last week. At Young Arena between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. this Tuesday, the Waterloo Black Hawks will collect donations, which will be promptly delivered to the storm relief effort in Linn County.
“The damage from this storm is unprecedented,” said Black Hawks President of Business Operations Joe Greene. “There are people whose lives will never be the same, but there is also the possibility that many neighbors and neighborhoods will grow closer after the shared cleanup and recovery efforts. It is in that spirit that we ask Waterloo fans to help and to show what ‘Black Hawks Family’ really means.”
According to reports, all of the following will be useful to relief organizations: batteries, candles, charcoal, extension cords, flashlights, food and beverage coolers, gas cans, non-perishable food, and tarps. The Black Hawks encourage those wishing to make cash donations to send money directly to The Salvation Army, the Red Cross, or other relevant non-profit groups operating in eastern Iowa.
During Tuesday’s donation drive, fans are encouraged to bring items to the parking lot at Young Arena for a lo-contact drop-off. The rink remains closed to the public due to the continuing COVID-19 situation, so all activity related to this donation drive will happen outside the building. Facemasks are still encouraged. Black Hawks staff will travel with donated items to Cedar Rapids the next day.
Wednesday’s delivery to Cedar Rapids will come 12 years to the day after the Black Hawks and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders announced a Face-Off For Flood Relief exhibition game to benefit residents of both communities impacted by 2008’s Cedar River Flooding. At that time, RoughRiders’ Head Coach Mark Carlson made the following statement, which applies again during the current disaster: “There has been a sign in downtown Cedar Rapids during the flood recovery that reads, ‘We will rise above.’ [This] is a step towards that…”