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Eastern Iowa McDonald's owner gives $25,000 for derecho recovery

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A McDonald's owner from Eastern Iowa has donated $25,000 to help rebuilding efforts after the Aug. 10 derecho.

KCRG reports owner Kevin O'Brien donated $25,000 to the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation to support the derecho fund.

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This week, he made a check presentation to the foundation in front of his McDonald's on Edgewood Road Northeast.

Fund organizers say the money will go a long way to help out.

“The gifts we have received thus far have helped us with the immediate recovery needs such as home renovation and repairs, tree removal and getting homes winter ready so all households in our community have a safe warm place to live," said Michelle Beisker, with Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

The fund received contributions from all 50 states and has raised nearly $2 million.

In the spring, some of the funds will go to help tree recovery.


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