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Please Help Us Provide Flood Relief July 1, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — caroline@LFC @ 10:41 am
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Dear Friends of Local Foods Connection:

1. Next time you go shopping, purchase something for a flood victim.

If you purchase goods for the Johnson County Crisis Center to distribute to flood victims and other clients, LFC will come to your house to pick up the donations and bring them to the center. So you don’t have to worry about your donation being too small; combined with the gifts from other friends of LFC, your gift will have a big impact! Next time you go shopping, purchase something for a flood victim. These items are in high demand:

All items hypoallergenic please! (such as the brands found in the organic or natural section of a store, or products designed for babies:

A. Shampoo

B. Conditioner

C. Liquid soap for hands and body

D. Lotion

E. Toothbrush (travel and regular size)

F. Toothpaste (travel and regular size)

G. Laundry detergent

H. Fabric softener

I. Dish soap

Also in demand are:

A. Paper towels

B. Paper napkins

C. Tissue paper

D. Diapers

E. Cleaners – such as 409 or Pine Sol

The Johnson County Crisis Center, as well as the local chapter of the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, need cash donations as well! (see below)

2. Next time you eat out, buy a meal for a flood victim!

LFC has been asking restaurants for donations of gift certificates for victims of the flooding in the Normandy / Eastmoor/ Manor Drive area of Iowa City. Many of those families did not have insurance and they are spending long, exhausting days cleaning out their homes. LFC volunteers thought the families could use a break and have a good meal prepared for them. We began handing out coupons this weekend and the families were happy to receive them.

So far, eight restaurants have donated over $300 in certificates! Thanks to Olive Garden, Boston’s, Domino’s Pizza, Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack, Papa Murphy’s, Bennigan’s, Outback Steakhouse and The Wedge.

If you will be dining out during the next few days, considering purchasing a gift certificate for a flood victim. LFC will pick up and distribute them for you. And if you are familiar with the Idyllwild neighborhood, please contact us. We would be happy to have an escort take us around to those homes.

3. First pickup this Thursday, July 3.

If you have donations for the Johnson Crisis Center or for flood victims, LFC will be coming around on Thursday July 3 to pick them up. The earliest we will start picking up is 8:00 a.m. We will work through the day as needed.

If you have something to donate, please email us your address, phone and location where we can find the donation. If you will not be home, you can leave them on a porch or back step in a grocery bag marked “Flood Donations.”

Donations for Iowa City Area Flood Victims:

Prepared June 25, 2008

American Red Cross Grant Wood Area Chapter
PO Box 10375
Cedar Rapids, IA 52410-0375

(319) 393-3500


serves Iowa City and Cedar Rapids

Johnson County Crisis Center

1121 Gilbert Court

Iowa City, Iowa 52240-4528

Crisis Center Business Related: 351-2726

Dawn, Development Director

Food Bank: 351-0128

Crisis Line: 351-0140


serves Johnson County

The Salvation Army

1116 Gilbert Court
Iowa City, IA 52240
phone: 319 337 3725
fax: 319 337 7114


serves Iowa City/Coralville


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