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Ways To Help Across The Region

June 19, 2014, 5:02 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Ways To Help Across The Region
Courtesy: South Dakota Office of Emergency Management

A lot of people are looking for ways to help out the many people in need across the KELOLAND area. We've put together a list of ways you can get involved.

In Canton, residents are in need of help cleaning up their flooded homes. The Canton United Methodist Church is organizing volunteers who want to help with the cleanup efforts. Anyone willing to get dirty should bring boots and gloves to help deal with homes that received sewage back-up. Call 605-764-2859 to help out.

Another community asking for volunteers is Rock Valley, Iowa. The Trinity Christian Reformed Church has set up a hotline for volunteers and those who need assistance. Anyone who needs help in Rock Valley, or is willing to go out there and help cleanup, is asked to call 712-451-HELP or (712-451-4357). That line will be open until 9:00 p.m. Thursday, and open up again from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

There are also organizations in Wessington Springs, trying to help residents there get back on their feet. So far, American Bank & Trust in Wessington Springs has handed out about 500 lunches to the community.

Other organizations are also helping with meals. The Salvation Army helped hand out lunches today as well, and are working with the American Red Cross to organize dinner. That meal will be served at the 4-H building in Wessington Springs at 6:00 p.m.

The Red Cross is also helping out in Butte and Union Counties. In the next two days, the organization will hand out over 700 meals and more than 1,100 snacks to people in need. They are also providing shelter to about a dozen people in Wessington Springs today and have distributed over 120 comfort kits. The Red Cross is asking for monetary donations to help with their efforts.

If you have any other ways that people can help out in your community, please let us know by emailing us at

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