The Gazette estimated that storm recovery costs from the August 10 derecho could exceed $60 million and so much of that is the loss of our beautiful tree canopy.  As local nonprofit organizations also continue to need our support amidst the ongoing pandemic, here's an easy way to support them and preserve some of what was lost in the storm, while finding the perfect gift for the holidays.

Now through October 30, you can help the "Coasters for a Cause" campaign. A series of handcrafted beverage coasters, like the one above, made from actual trees lost in the derecho. It's wood that comes from the grounds on the Indian Creek Nature Center. Engraving is done by NewBoCo using their prototyping lab's laser cutter and facility. Volunteers from the student organization Iowa BIG will handle the production and fulfillment.

You can order them in sets of four, each representing a different group, including Orchestra Iowa, the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library, NewBo City Market, CSPS, TCR, Brucemore, and RHCR Theater Company in Cedar Rapids.

All proceeds benefit these organizations. Place your order now.

Visit this site to purchase, view, or get information for these or other coasters you can purchase to benefit other groups as well, such as Theatre Cedar Rapids and CSPS. All coasters are made locally and local delivery will be available starting December 6.

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