Our view: Skol, Vikings, for helping flood victimsFootball season hasn’t even started yet and the Minnesota Vikings are giving the Northland two big reasons to cheer.
Football season hasn’t even started yet and the Minnesota Vikings are giving the Northland two big reasons to cheer.
First, the National Football League team donated $10,000 to the Twin Ports Region Long-Term Flood Relief Fund, the grass-roots effort to raise $1 million or more to help homeowners and property owners devastated by the June floods. The United Way of Greater Duluth is serving as the fiscal host for the fund.
And second, the team has helped set up a way to donate $5 to the fund simply by sending a text message. Anyone can now text “FLOOD12” to 20222 to support their neighbors across Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin whose homes and other property were damaged. Contributions will show up on mobile phone bills or be deducted by prepaid balances. Other terms can be found at mobilegiving.org.
The flood relief fund is still far short of its goal — and even further from meeting actual unmet needs after 10 inches of rain fell in a single day, swamping homes, washing away streets, and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage.
So who’ll follow the lead of the Vikings and others who’ve stepped up? Who’ll make the next big donation? Northlanders in need are eager to find out.