After a tragedy as large as the June 11 explosion, it is difficult to see any bright spots of hope, but we are seeing glimmers of hope at the MORE Center. We have met with 56 of the 90 families impacted. Many gift cards and vouchers to local businesses have been given out.

Families are settling in to their “temporary” surroundings and they are back to work, or are looking ahead to school. Insurance is starting to kick in and plans are beginning to be made for repair or rebuild. Here at the Center, we witnessed an outpouring of sympathy from a community that wanted to help. Mountains of clothing and household items have been collected. Money is still coming in and the first checks have gone to the victims amounting to $81,500. And checks will continue to go out.

Now, we will be dealing with the left-over clothing and household items. After the impacted families are finished selecting things they need, we plan to have the first ever and hopefully only Marengo Disaster Warehouse Sale open to the entire community. All proceeds will go to the Disaster Relief Fund. The sale will be Friday, August 25, from 9-4 and Saturday, August 26, from 9-noon at the old McGill’s building on Prairie Street across from the fire station. We will provide 13 gallon plastic bags to stuff with clothing at a minimum donation of $1.00 per bag. Of course, the purpose is to raise money, so larger donations will gladly be accepted. Please help us empty the warehouse and help our families.

The M.O.R.E. Center is located at 829 Greenlee Street in Marengo and our phone is 815/568-7950. We are open Wednesdays 9-12 and Thursdays 4-6:30. E-mail us at more@marengomorecenter. org or check our website at www.marengomorecente. org.

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