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6-24-14 Responding to Pilger, Neb. Twin Tornadoes Aftermath


This is the Wisner City Auditorium, where the ACS distribution center is located.  Photo by John Treolo

Adventist Community Services disaster response team for Kansas-Nebraska Conference is on location to assist with relief efforts following the EF4 twin tornados that wiped out most of the community of Pilger, Neb., Monday June 16.

According to John Treolo, director of Adventist Community Services, a distribution center is operating in Wisner, some eight miles from Pilger. Thanks to the generosity of nearby communities and national sponsors, supplies and donations continue to pour into the center.

One man from Omaha, Neb. arrived today with a car load of women’s clothing from his deceased wife, who died Thanksgiving Day in 2013. They had been married 53 years. “I can think of no better place for these clothes to go than for the people of Pilger,” he says with tears in his eyes.

  Kansas-Nebraska Conference disaster response team: Doyle & Karen Petersen (far left); five members from the Norfolk Church, 30 miles from Pilger; and John Treolo, ACS director

Another woman, who lost her home, notes, “This is overwhelming for my friends to do this for us. These items are very helpful. We will bounce back.”

“This has been a very smooth running operation. City leaders in Wisner and ACS volunteers are working hand-in-hand for the good of the people who lost much of their belongings a week ago,” Treolo says. “I am very proud of our volunteers who continue to work 12-hour shifts in the center. Those affected by the disaster are very appreciative.”


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