Local relief effort to make second delivery

By: 
Paul Garrod - news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz
	Volunteers loaded supplies last week for delivery to flood victims in Nebraska and Iowa, following a donation collection driven by Robyn Wilson Peake of Paw Paw and Brian and Melanie Norman, owners of Great Lakes Pondscapes, Paw Paw. They continue to collect additional items for a second shipment, scheduled to be delivered early Monday, April 15. The items are being transported by Jim and Lisa Tubergan, of Quincy, MI.	Courier-Leader photo/Paul Garrod

    PAW  PAW - With one load of supplies shipped out last Friday, April 5, to help people in Nebraska and Iowa affected by the recent floods, a Paw Paw woman and a local business continue to collect items for a second shipment due to an overwhelming response from area residents and businesses.
    Robyn Wilson Peake, of Paw Paw, teamed up with Melanie and Brian Norman, owners of Great Lakes Pondscapes, 29891 E. Red Arrow Highway, Paw Paw,  to serve as a collection point for the flood relief donations.
    Last  Thursday, a  trailer  full of needed supplies made its way to Nebraska, by way of two of Robyn’s friends, James and Lisa Tubergan, of Quincy, MI. Peake  and James Tubergan were acquainted with each other from a business venture the two were involved in several years ago.
    The Tubergans collected items in Quincy and Wilson Peake  added another collection point in Kalamazoo, to help out with the relief effort.
    The  flooding in Nebraska and Iowa attracted the attention of Wilson Peake after she read a poem on Facebook, “God Bless the Rancher.” Her  relief efforts took off from there.
    Great Lakes Pondscapes will accept items through this Sunday, April 14, for the second shipment, scheduled for delivery early April 15. Wilson Peake said  the three communities “have been so generous and I am so thankful for each of you.”
    Lisa Tubergan said the last time the  Mississippi River experienced flooding this bad was in 1993. “Homes have been cleared out and emptied at the road. All these people have to  start  all over.  Think about that and really let it sink in,” she said.
    For more information, call Wilson Peake at  (269) 743-3913.
 

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