Flood dries up toy supply at daycare center

CONRAD – A dumpster full of toys outside the Wolf Creek Child Care and Preschool earlier this week in Conrad tells the story about what happened at the facility last week.

Flooding ran rampant throughout the area last week and the nonprofit center took a big hit. It had more than a foot of standing water in the basement as a result of the flood.

“I was in shock by the amount of standing water,” said Angie Mathern, president of the volunteer board for the center. “My first thoughts were, ‘What are we going to do, how are we going to fix this and where do we even begin?'”

They began by enlisting the help of board members, staff and community members to clean up.

“I’m very proud of the daycare staff as well as the board members and some community volunteers that have stepped up to help us in the cleanup process,” Mathern said.

The center is now looking for even more help in this process in the form of donations of games and toys. While insurance covers items such as the water heater, furnace and refrigerator to be fixed, many games and toys are a total loss.

The center is looking for donations of toys primarily for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. It serves dozens of children each day from babies to fourth graders.

Donations can be dropped off at the center at 201 N. Wilhelm St. Those looking for more information or ways to help can call Mathern at 641-485-0452.