Gimme Shelter

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(Gazette photo by Jonathan D. Woods)

The Hlog was at the Cedar Rapids Kernels’ game tonight (Thursday) to do a flood-related column, and wasn’t optimistic about the prospects. As nice as people bringing non-perishable food items to donate is – and it’s very nice – it doesn’t make compelling copy.

Then a couple of stretch limos rolled up to the front gate of Veterans Memorial Stadium, with about half of 40 people who were the Kernels’ guests at the game in luxury suites. They got fed at the ballpark, too.

Now that’s nice. Here’s the link to the column:

http://goimg.sv.publicus.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=GO&Date=20080619&Category=SPORTS&ArtNo=773414407&Ref=AR&Profile=1008&MaxW=350

Bravo to the Kernels, Diamond Limousine, the American Red Cross, and anyone else who made this happen. Three hours at a ballgame won’t end the frustration of temporarily living in a Red Cross shelter at Viola Gibson School instead of their own homes and apartments, but the flood victims seemed to be enjoying themselves at the game.

Similar acts of kindness are being shown all over Cedar Rapids and other flooded Iowa river towns. I wonder what the number of volunteers and donors might be. I bet it crests way over the projected levels.

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