As flood waters devastated communities and farmland in Nebraska and Iowa, people near and far responded with love, empathy and an impressive can-do spirit.


So far, United Way of the Midlands has received more than $800,000 in pledges to its Nebraska and Iowa Flood Relief Fund. More than 2,000 individuals and 45 companies have contributed, with donors hailing from as far away as Puerto Rico and France. Agencies, community members and companies have stepped up to organize or participate in volunteer efforts, as well.