By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Tornados know no boundaries. A tornado could happen as easily in Chase County as it did in Pilger June 16.
That’s why Jacci Brown and Tiffany Reeves wanted to help the community, which was almost leveled by twin EF4 tornados.
“I would hope that someone would help us out if we were in their position,” Brown said.
The two, who own 509 Broadway, sold tanks and t-shirts showing the State of Nebraska and “Prayers for Pilger,” both in their store and on-line.
Selling clothing as they do, the two thought clothing sales for a relief fund was a logical choice.
Due to those sales, they have donated $1,500 to the Pilger Community Development Fund.
Brown, who visited Pilger Aug. 5 with daughter Maddi and friend Sophie Spady, had planned to hand deliver the donation to Midwest Bank in Pilger.
But it was gone.
“It was worse than what I thought it would be,” Brown said. There were mounds of debris piled up everywhere.
“When we first pulled in, we saw lots of houses standing,” but as they progressed through town, they saw that there were many empty foundations and that most houses had been affected.
What really brought the devastation home, Brown said, was viewing the school entryway, but no school behind it.
Brown and Reeves still have some shirts in stock, but don’t plan to offer them online any longer.
They want to encourage others to donate to the relief fund, because the town has a long way back to recovery.
Donations may be mailed to: Pilger Community Development Fund, c/o Midwest Bank, PO Box 346, Pilger, Neb. 68768, or online at www.midwest bank.com/pilger-relief-fund.aspx.