Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - Storm Recovery Donations and Trees for the City
Following the August 10 derecho, there were folks interested in supporting Shellsburg by donating funds to help with storm recovery. The city suggested that these funds be received by the Shellsburg Area Community Group (SACG). SACG representatives discussed the donations at the January 19 city council meeting to determine how the city would like to use the funds. The decision was unanimous and firm: Trees, trees and more trees.
FEMA funds and insurance money will be able to help with the costs of removing and trimming damaged trees. However, they do not fund replacement of trees. SACG volunteers are going to start working with city staff to research the availability of trees, varieties and where to plant them. If you would like to help with this process, please contact SACG president, Marlys Harms, at 436-2981.
If you are interested in donating to this cause, we would encourage you to send a check to SACG, PO Box 71, Shellsburg, IA. Make the check out SACG and write “storm relief” in the note and your donation will go toward the purchase of trees in the parks and/or right of ways. SACG is a non-profit 501(c)3 group so your donation will be tax deductible.
If you prefer, you may also use the Go Fund Me Account set up for this purpose. It can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/shellsburg-derecho-relief-fund.
We all look forward to continuing our recovery from that awful storm and helping to replant trees will meet an important need for the community. The more funds we have, the more trees we can plant, and we’ll be able to purchase some larger trees. Thank you for your consideration.
Marlys Harms, President
Wilda Solberg, Vice-President
Jay Herman, Treasurer
Jill Hidinger, Secretary