Greensburg, Kansas Rebuilds

Massive spring tornado destroys this rural town, but not its spirit — we list a variety of ways to help residents rebuild

On the morning of May 4, Greensburg, Kansas, was like the small towns in which many of us live and work – a vibrant business community with locally owned small businesses serving the town and neighboring farms and ranches, strong schools and churches serving as the heart and soul of the community, and unique and interesting examples of rural culture and tourism. By late that evening all had changed in Greensburg as a massive tornado destroyed most of the town and many nearby rural homes.

While the tornado shattered bricks and wood, it did not crush the spirit of the good people of Greensburg and neighboring areas to rebuild. As the homes, businesses, and institutions of the Greensburg community are rebuilt, there are a variety of ways we can help.

Among the organizations accepting donations to assist immediate disaster needs and the rebuilding of Greensburg are:

  • South Central Community Foundation, PO Box 8624, Pratt, KS 67124; checks should be made payable to the foundation with a memo to “Greensburg Future Fund.” Donations may be earmarked to education, health care, or community rebuilding.

  • Red Cross Cannonball Trail Chapter, 114 North Main Street, Pratt, KS 67124

  • Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111

  • United Way of the Plains in Wichita, Kansas – www.unitedwayplains.org

  • Haviland State Bank, PO Box 348, Haviland, KS 67059

  • Sunflower Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), 705 E. Main Street, Harper, KS 67058

Contact: Jon Bailey, jonb@cfra.org or 402.687.2103 x 1013 for information.

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