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Flood Relief Information

If you are looking for ways to help victims of the March 2019 flood by giving either a monetary donation or physical donation of supplies, we have listed different options below:

American Red Cross

To make a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief:

  • Visit and select ‘I want to Support Disaster Relief’
  • Call 1-800-RED CROSS
  • Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
  • Mail a check to American Red Cross, 2912 S. 80th Ave, Omaha NE 68124

Salvation Army

As the Salvation Army continues working alongside first responders and authorities throughout impacted areas of Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa, you can donate to their disaster survivors fund here on their website.


Hy-Vee is working to raise funds for the American Red Cross of Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. Customers can donate any amount at the register or customer service counter and Hy-Vee will then match consumer donations up to $50,000.


Airbnb has activated its Open Home Program for local residents displaced, as well as relief workers deployed to flood impacted areas. The program was activated on March 14 and recruits hosts who are willing and able to provide free housing to affected individuals. This will be available until April 3. Find more information here on their website.

Raising Cane’s

Rising Cane’s restaurants located in Lincoln, Norfolk, Kearney, Grand Island and North Platte will donate 15% of all sales between 5 and 9 p.m. today, March 20, to The Salvation Army’s flood-relief efforts. The restaurants are also serving as donation drop-off sites during regular business hours through Sunday, March 24.

Items needed:

Cleaning supplies: mops, shovels, disinfectants, bleach, wipes, masks, gloves, paper towels, rags, trash bags

Personal hygiene items: soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, diapers, wipes, feminine hygiene items

Bottled water

*The Raising Cane’s restaurant in Fremont will also be accepting donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sunday, March 24, but will NOT be participating in the fundraiser today due to food suppliers unable to deliver.

Kearney Area Community Foundation

The Kearney Area Community Foundation has set up a Disaster Relief Fund to help those in the Kearney area. If you wish to donate to the local area, go to and choose “Disaster Relief Fund” from the drop-down menu.

Nebraska Department of Agriculture

If you are willing to provide hay, feed, fencing materials, equipment, etc. please contact the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 1-800-831-0550. They note that you should be prepared to share your name, contact information and what you are willing to donate, along with your location. NDA staff will gather this information and identify needs accordingly. A list of disaster relief resources for Nebraska farmers and ranchers can also be found at

North Bend, NE – The Donation Depot at NBC

As the area works to clean after the water has receded, they are asking for please no clothing items, but emphasizing the need for:

Push brooms, squeegee mops, hand sanitizer, scoop shovels, rubber gloves, dehumidifiers

Niobrara Flood Relief Fund

The Bank of Hartington has set up a City of Niobrara Relief Fund that you can donate through Venmo, the QR code on their Facebook page or here at their website.

Arlington Public Schools

The community of Arlington has shared their gratitude for the support and donations give, they are now in need of boxes or new plastic totes.

Nebraska Strong Shirts

You can find an assortment of colored Nebraska Strong t-shirts for sale at where all profits will go to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Relief Fund, which was created to aid Nebraska farmers, ranchers and rural communities impacted by the flood.


If your business has been impacted by the recent flooding and you need guidance on what to do next, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry wants to help. Please reach out to the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Disaster Help Desk at 1-888-My-Biz-Help (888-692-4943) or visit



Congratulations to Our Fit Social Giveaway Winner!

Jenni Joedeman and her family

Help us in congratulating our Fit Social Giveaway winner, Jenni Joedeman of Stapleton, NE! By liking the Great Plains Communications Facebook page, the post and tagging her workout buddy in the comments, she has won a Fitbit Charge 3™. This advanced fitness tracker helps monitor steps, calories, 24/7 heart rate, sleep tracking and much more!

Even if you didn’t win this giveaway, that doesn’t mean there aren’t many resources online to find support in getting healthy and reaching your goals this year. One example would be the LiveWell Challenge, formerly known as the NE150 Challenge, here in Nebraska.

So, what is the goal behind the LiveWell Challenge?

It is a group of Nebraska organizations, business and schools joining together with the Nebraska Sports Council in effort to get Nebraskans to complete 150 miles or more of physical activity throughout the year. This doesn’t have to just be running or walking, but bicycling, swimming, hiking, etc. Then if you wish to participate, you create a free account at and log your miles. It is a way to connect with others reaching for the same goals across the state. They will also include events and articles on healthy living throughout the year.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our Fit Social Giveaway and again congratulate Jenni Joedeman on being randomly selected as our winner!

Congratulations to our Social Media Giveaway Winner – Debra Wegner!

Help us in congratulating our Make it Snow Social Media Giveaway winner, Debra Wegner of Scribner, Nebraska! By liking our Facebook page, the giveaway post and commenting with her favorite snow gif, (emojis were also accepted) she has won an Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet!

The giveaway is part of our holiday promotion, which is still going on and that means there are still ways to win this season!

Discover the magic of savings with our new Value Bundle and you could receive up to a $100 bill credit.

The Value Bundle includes:

Upgraded Equipment

FREE Wireless

FREE HD Cable Channels

FREE Long Distance & Calling Features

New Internet customers can sign up for the bundle now and receive $100 bill credit and FREE installation. If you are currently a Great Plains Communications Internet customer but are looking to increase your speed to better fit your family’s needs, receive a $25 bill credit when you upgrade now. Call to find out what speeds are available in your area and sign up for this great deal – 1-855-853-1483!

A Donation to Paralyzed Veterans of America, Great Plains Chapter

From left to right: Tom Timmerman, John Scott, Dave Nelson, Dick Helvey, Chris Crews, Randy Squier, Mark Linquist, and Seth Kotouc

We are excited to announce that due to the overwhelming outpouring of support through social media, Great Plains Communications will be donating $1,000 to the Great Plains Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) in addition to the 25 Amazon Fire tablets!

Veteran, Dave Nelson with one of the 25 tablets donated to Great Plains PVA

Veteran, Dave Nelson with one of the 25 tablets donated to Great Plains PVA

Great Plains PVA is a non-profit organization that has dedicated over 46 years to helping paralyzed veterans and their families, as well as other children and adults with disabilities. They have their hand in advocating for solutions that afford equal opportunities for paralyzed veterans and other citizens living with disabilities, as well as effective healthcare for veterans living with a spinal cord injury or disease. Along with being a voice in legislation, Great Plains PVA is on the ground helping provide necessary resources such as handicapped accessible apartment complexes located across Nebraska as well as the one-of-a-kind Great Plains PVA Adapted Health & Fitness Center with individualized training programs.

Veteran, Dave Nelson shares his tattoo

Veteran, Dave Nelson shares his tattoo

We are honored to be able to support such an impactful and incredible organization. If you would like to learn more about Paralyzed Veterans of America Great Plains Chapter or how you can give, visit their website at

2018 Halloween Safety Tips

Jack-o’-lanterns line the sidewalk, patiently waiting to greet your little Dinosaurs, unicorns and pirates alike, lighting the way through the festive night. The doorbell rings and an assortment of candy fills each bucket and bag. Tomorrow is the big night, and there is more to plan than what shoes will look best and if there are enough treats to go around. Great Plains Communications wants to make sure everyone has a safe Halloween with some tips from Safe Kids Worldwide.

Have a Safe Walking Plan: Children’s excitement level is often escalated on Halloween as they see the sweet potential in each house, no matter if it is across the street or down the block. Help them to remember to look left, right, and left once more before holding the hand of an adult and crossing the street. Also, don’t forget to put down any electronic devices as you cross, and choose spots further away from the street to stop and take pictures.

Find Creative Ways to Add Safety Precautions to Costumes: Have your kids use fun metallic stickers or reflective tape on their candy bags, it could be a fun way to personalize their goodies and help them be seen by passing drivers. Glow sticks could be another fun way to brighten up the nighttime walk!

Be a Cautious Driver: Just because you are not in costume, does not mean you are not a large factor in Halloween safety. As a driver, make sure to eliminate any distractions inside the car and be especially alert in residential areas. Allow extra time to look for kids between parked cars and at intersections. Typical trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., so buckle up and stay alert for all the little witches and skeletons walking the streets.

For more tips, check out the Safe Kids Worldwide website and remember that Great Plains Communications hopes you have a fun and safe Halloween! Let us know what creative safety tricks your family uses each year in the comments section on our Facebook page.

Meet a Customer Service Rep – Jerome Hilton

Customer service representatives are often the first point of contact a person has with a company. They are the voice to a brand and Great Plains Communications (GPC) takes pride in having not only a knowledgeable and friendly Customer Response Center, but a uniquely local one right here in Nebraska.

Sometimes it can be hard to humanize the voice on the other end of the phone. But we want to do just that by highlighting one of our representatives, Jerome Hilton.

Jerome Hilton – Customer Response Representative

Q: Where are you from?

A: I am from South Sioux City NE, I moved to Blair in 2005 and have lived here since.


Q: How long have you worked at GPC?

A: I have worked here for 2 ½ years.


Q: What is your favorite part about working in customer service?

A: I ultimately enjoy the interaction with customers. It might be helping sign someone up for new services or turning a negative experience into a positive one. I strive to help provide whatever service they are looking for.


Q: On a typical day, how many calls would you estimate that you take?

A: On a typical day, I would say I answer between 30-40 calls.


Q: What is your favorite thing about working at GPC?

A: My favorite thing would have to be the culture and my co-workers, they make the days fun and enjoyable. We also have food days, so we can enjoy each other’s cooking.

Q: What do you do for fun?

A: I have three children and two cats, so definitely doing things with them. But I am also a big sports fan! My teams are Nebraska Cornhuskers and Kansas City Chiefs for football and I enjoy watching the University of Syracuse Orange for college basketball. With the weather getting cold, I am also getting excited for ice fishing. I will either go out to Desoto National Wildlife Refuge or travel up to South Sioux City to fish for trout with my brother.

Back-to-School Giveaway Winners

Help us in congratulating our two Back-to-School Social Giveaway winners, Kelly Throener of Dodge, NE and Chelse Brazel of Wausa, NE! Each were randomly selected after commenting on our Homework has Evolved Facebook post, sharing the name of their favorite teacher from school and why that teacher made an impact on them. Kelly commented, “Kathy Mahannah…she is the reason I became a teacher. She was the best!” and Chelse said, “Mrs. Worthington was my 5th grade teacher…all those years ago… and she was my absolute favorite! She had (still has) a heart of gold, always made sure we were taught in a fun way and always made everyone feel like they were her own children.” They both have won a 16GB Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets with blue kid-proof cover.

Kelly Throener of Dodge, NE with her family.

Chelse Brazel of Wausa, NE with her two daughters.

Chelse Brazel of Wausa, NE with her two daughters.

The giveaway is part of our Back-to-School promotion that is available through October 5, 2018.

Sign up for high-speed Internet service and receive:

  • FREE Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa
  • FREE Month of Internet Service

Sign up for any new service and receive FREE Installation!

If you are currently a Great Plains Communications Internet customer but want to upgrade your speed to better fit your family, you will receive a $25 bill credit.

To learn about what speeds we offer in your area or would like to sign up for this great deal, call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483.

Don’t Miss the Grey Eagle Warrior Challenge 2018!

Are you looking for your next challenge? Do you enjoy 5k races and ambitious obstacle courses? If so, you need to hurry and register for the 2nd Annual Grey Eagle Warrior Challenge in Chadron, NE taking place on September 8, 2018! Organized by Chadron Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1375, this course is challenging and rewarding as the proceeds go to support Honor Flights in the region, as well as to help finance the VFW Post 1375 scholarship – which is awarded to a veteran attending Chadron State College.

The run will once again start at the Chadron motocross track and will round off at the obstacle course in the Dawes County Fairgrounds. Great Plains Communications is proud to sponsor through our Impact program, three new obstacles: a rope swing, atlas drag and log run. This will bring the total number of endurance-testing features to eight.

So, are you getting a team ready or are you looking for a solo mission? Either way, you are welcome and encouraged to participate! Register now at

Even if you are not feeling up to the physical challenge, be sure to bring the family down for some fun with the community. There will be a boot camp style challenge for the children, face painting, viewing of the National Guard vehicles and The American Legion will be serving food and drinks!

Chase County Fair 2018

The Chase County Fair is underway with the Mutton Bustin’ this afternoon starting at 3:00 PM (MDT) and the 30th Annual Demolition Derby tomorrow starting at 6:30 PM (MDT). Great Plains Communications (GPC) is excited to once again be part of the fun, as the sponsor of Friday night’s concert of Brothers Osborne and special guest Kendell Marvel! Gates open for the concert at 6:30 PM (MDT) and keep an eye for some of our employees as they will be passing out FREE t-shirts by the entrance. Then on Saturday, you can see us again in the parade as we throw candy along with other goodies from the GPC float.

If you haven’t already, like our Facebook page so that you can be ready for our FLASH GIVEAWAY of two tickets to each concert offered at the Chase County Fair. So that will be two winners, one who will receive two tickets to Brothers Osborne/Kendell Marvel and the other winner who will receive two tickets to the Saturday show of Jack Russell’s Great White and Sebastian Bach! Watch for more details coming soon.

Come See Us at the Knox County Fair!

We are excited to once again be a sponsor for the Knox County Fair Bull-A-Rama! Starting tonight, August 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM, the excitement will be underway. As you head in to the arena, be sure to look for some of our employees as they hand out free Great Plains Communications 2018 Virtual Summer shirts. The supply is limited, so grab them up while they last.

If you can’t make it out for the Bull-A-Rama, be sure to catch one of the other attractions the Knox County Fair has to offer! The rides will be running August 9 – August 12. Eli Young Band will be performing at the Grandstand at 8 PM tomorrow night with Arch Allies, a tribute band to Journey, Styx, Def Leppard, Reo Speedwagon and Boston, at the Grandstand Saturday evening. This weekend is sure to be filled with fun for the whole family, and Great Plains Communications is honored to be a part of it. And you can catch us in the Imperial, NE area next week as we take on the Chase County Fair!

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