2 years after north Minneapolis tornado, donations still needed

8:42 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Wednesday marks the two-year anniversary of a deadly tornado that swept through north Minneapolis.

The tornado damaged roughly 3,700 homes and other properties. Numerous families lost their basic necessities, treasured possessions along with a sense of home and security.

Despite the fact that everyone whose homes were destroyed have been rebuilt, there remains visible damage and need for structural repairs in the area, according to the Greater Twin Cities United Way.

The organization is continuing to raise awareness about devastation as clean up and restoration moves forward within the community.

To date, the Minnesota Helps - North Minneapolis Recovery Fund - in collaboration with Greater Twin Cities United Way, The Minneapolis Foundation and GiveMN.org - has raised more than $1.75 million in funds to help support the short and long-term recovery needs of more than 60,000 North Minneapolis residents affected by the May 2011 tornado.

Funding has been distributed to 36 organizations addressing the housing and human service needs of residents impacted by the storm.

There is still a need for replacement of home necessities. Most residents are experiencing a significant economic impact due to lack of insurance.

Here's how the public can help:

  • Each $50 will buy 25 bus rides for someone who lost their car and wasn't fully insured
  • With $100, volunteers can create 20 safety kits to help kids feel safe - kits include flashlights, batteries, a health bar, water, and a small first-aid kit
  • A donation of $200 will help a family pay for repairs that still haven't been made to their home

To give, visit unitedwaytwincities.org/cleanup and help the healing continue.

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