Community works together as Iowa deals with aftermath of derecho

After hurricane-force winds slammed Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a week ago, volunteers are helping thousands without power by collecting donations and cleaning up the neighborhood.
2:06 | 08/19/20

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Finally tonight here, America strong. The Iowa families who still need help and the signs of hope. Tonight, across Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the need is still great. That powerful derecho wind storm, hurricane-force winds. Tens of thousands still without power. And the farmers. A full one-third of their state's crop destroyed. But tonight, across Iowa, they are standing strong. Pamela Smith and her children sheltered at home. I was thinking, oh, no. And I was thinking, oh, my gosh. They are still without power and volunteers have been helping them with meals. I'm thankful for it, because if it wasn't for them, I don't know how I'd feed my kids. Hi, Emily. Emily holly with the American red cross. We are providing smiles through our masks and hot meals and just trying to lift people's spirits as much as possible. Hey, David. I'm here in our emergency operations center that is filled with women and men who are working around the clock to keep our community safe. Hi, David. Hey, David. Volunteers Neil and Zach showing us the supplies and donations they've been collecting. We're having so much outpouring of love from the community, everybody's come together. Hey, David. The team at the nonprofit operation barbecue relief serving more than 25,000 meals to families in need. We're here on the ground in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, doing the thing that we do best, and that's serving the one hot meal that matters. And 11-year-old Christopher Smith. He told his mother he wanted to help clean up their neighborhood. He's been at it for days. People just started chiming in. So many hearing about Christopher, buying him supplies and a new wheelbarrow. I guess I would ask everybody just to reach into your pantries and to your basements and your storage tubs, pull out anything that anybody can use. It's just sitting there anyway. So much need, but so many signs of hope across Iowa. Let's keep that help coming. Night two of the convention tonight, ABC news live, then 10:00 P.M. Right here on the network. Good night.

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