The pictures are devastating.  The numbers of dead and injured are staggering. It's hard to fathom what happened in Nepal when then the 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit a week ago, and the aftershocks kept coming.   One Iowa organization with direct connection knows exactly what needs to be done to help, and is asking for your support.The organization is the Iowa Nepalese Association, based out of West Des Moines.  According to a notice we received this week, they've been working round the clock since the disaster on the 25th, to ensure all local community relatives are safe. They're also in direct communication with local first responders in Nepal, and have two of their own members in Kathmandu as their local contacts.  Tuesday, they organized a vigil at NewBo to get the community together in prayer and support for Nepal. On Saturday, they also have organized a support walk at Gray's Lake.

But there's so much more you can do.

Through their website and facebook page, they've got plenty of information on how and where to donate to help support.  They want you to know that if you do decide to donate, they ensure that 100% of the funds raised will be disbursed to the "local, national, and international organizations to support Rescue and Relief efforts as soon as possible in a most effective way."  Also, they are a 501(c)(3) organization, so you can deduct any donations from your taxes next year too.

Head to either or to learn more about how you can help.  We encourage you to minimally click the links and find out more, as we continue to keep them all in our thoughts, and celebrate the daily small victories of survival we hear about.