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Local organizations ready to help laid off workers

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565 people in the Cedar Valley are now out of a job after major layoffs at John Deere were announced.

Its a blow not only to incomes, but to those people's well-being too.

Many of those people have families to take care of, and local charities are prepared to help.

Box, after box, after box are all being emptied, and their contents filled into lunch bags that will go out to feed hungry kids in the Cedar Valley.

Girl Scouts are helping the Northeast Iowa Food Bank as part of their volunteer work, and with more layoffs set to take place for Deere and Company workers, it's possible many of these lunches will go out to families affected.

"Certainly we'll do whatever is needed. If there's other events, or other ways that we're needed well be there, that's what we're all about," says Girl Scout leader Sara Borland.

565 people are out of a job,  and it may be hard for some kids to understand the severity of whats happening.

"It's important to be open and honest with kids about whats happening in the community, because this will affect a lot of people," she says.

Borland says girl scouts will also offer financial aid to daughters of laid off Deere workers.

"Even though things may be difficult at home, they can have a little escape having fun with the Girl Scouts."

The food bank is ready to help too.

"Were set up in a way so that if there is a layoff, crisis families can come in at a set up specific time," says Executive Director Barbara Prather.

Prather says in times like this, they make sure they buy extras of many staple items to meet needs.

"It really does make a difference, if they can get some food then maybe they can pay their utility bill."

And the help doesn't end at the food bank, the team provides families with resources to other charity organizations too.

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