One week after a tornado hit Pella, The Well Resource Center has launched the Pella Community Tornado Relief Fund to help anyone affected by the storm. The fund was put together after several businesses and people began asking Vermeer and The Well what they could do to help people affected by the tornado. Efforts to help with Pella’s tornado relief are being directed to The Well, said Eden Youngberg, the agency’s director of advancement and marketing. Donations fit into three categories: cash, gift cards and car donations. Cash donations can be made online at http://thewelliowa.org/tornado-relief-fund/ or by sending a check to The Well indicating “Tornado Relief Fund” in the memo. Gift cards can also be donated from Hy-Vee, Fareway, Walmart and Casey’s General Store in increments of $50. Cars also can be donated to The Well for those affected. The Well will begin distributions from the Pella Community Tornado Relief Fund starting today. Help will be available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; a deadline to stop accepting donations has not yet been set.
RAGBRAI passed through southern Jasper County and northern Mahaska in between overnight stops Thursday. The largest touring bike ride in the world featured thousands of bikers traveling from Newton to Sigourney. Among the local communities that welcomed visitors were Reasnor, Sully, and Lynnville. Additionally, hundreds rode an optional Karra Loop to Peoria and New Sharon in Mahaska County. Live music, food, and activities were held throughout Sully as the most riders converged on the town in late morning and early afternoon.