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Wednesday's Nebraska-Butler NIT game will also serve as a fundraiser for the Red Cross to help with flood relief efforts.

Red Cross and Nebraska Athletics volunteers and student-athletes will collect cash donations inside all entrances of Pinnacle Bank Arena when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. until just after the tipoff at 8.

All of the funds collected in PBA at the game will go toward Nebraska and southwest Iowa flood relief. Fans can also text “red cross” to 90999 to immediately donate $10 (per text) to support disasters such as floods and countless other crises. Fans can also donate at redcross.org (phone service provider will add amount donated to your next bill).

The recent unprecedented flooding has affected thousands of families across Nebraska and in southwest Iowa. To date, 74 cities and 65 counties have declared a state of emergency. 

The Red Cross is currently focused on shelter operations, providing a safe place to stay, a place to sleep, hot meals and referrals to partner agencies for those who have been displaced from their homes due to the flooding.

To date, specific to the Nebraska-southwest Iowa flooding disaster, the Red Cross has provided:

* seven shelters, to accommodate 2,192 shelter stays across Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

* More than 5,900 meals and 6,200 snacks.

* More than 150 comfort and cleanup kits.

The shelters will remain open as long as necessary. In the coming days and weeks, when conditions stabilize, damage assessments and distribution of supplies will be the priorities as the Red Cross assists clients to move into the recovery stage of the disaster.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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