HC faculty, students help Pilger

Neil Heckman, a Hastings College chemistry professor and
Wisner-Pilger High School graduate, carries bottles of
water to be loaded into a van at Hazelrig Student Union
Thursday morning. Students and faculty members will
serve lunches as the residents and crews clean up
following the tornado destruction from Monday night.

When Mark Weber saw the destruction in Pilger on television, he knew he wanted to help out.

“I’m from the Midwest and I’ve learned over time that when one Midwesterner has a problem, everyone comes running,” he said this morning.

The northeast Nebraska town of about 350 people was severely damaged when an EF4 tornado struck in the late afternoon Monday. Estimates are that more than 75 percent of the town was destroyed and the entire community was affected.

Volunteers from across the state have been pouring into the small town to help with cleanup.

Weber, general manager for Sodexo at Hastings College, wanted to help and decided the best way was with food, something he knows well.

So he ordered food to feed hundreds and sent out a campuswide email asking for help.

This morning, Weber and about a dozen Hastings College students, faculty and staff left Hastings for the day and headed to the high school in Wisner, the staging area for volunteer efforts in cleaning up Pilger.

“We’re going to hand out lunch to whoever needs it, whether it’s volunteers, people from the town, whatever the case may be,” Weber said.

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