Donated cleaning supplies: After months of flooding, property owners will most likely be met with mud, muck and mold when they finally return to their homes and businesses.
At the very least, all those home-sweet-homes will need to be thoroughly cleaned before life returns to normal.
In response, Omaha neighborhoods donated a truckload of cleaning supplies Saturday at Crossroads Mall for the Salvation Army to distribute to flood victims.
The donation drive was organized by National Night Out and Night Out for Neighbors, an annual event aimed at bringing neighborhoods together and preventing crime.
"I think it was a nice success," said Ron Abdouch, executive director of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Neighborhood Center. "They clearly saw the need, and many people thanked us for organizing it."
The Salvation Army will combine the supplies into cleaning kits for flood victims.
"We're in the business of long-term recovery," said Susan Eustice, a Salvation Army spokeswoman. "In order to help people get back to life as usual, the first thing they'll need to do is clean up."
The Salvation Army will accept donations of cleaning supplies such as buckets, paper towels, disinfectants and safety glasses at any of its locations.
Those in need can pick up cleaning kits at any Salvation Army center or extension unit. For more information, call 402-898-5900.
— Sam Womack