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Lincoln family helps Beaver Crossing rebuild

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By: Brittany Paris

Christine Royal’s parents have lived in Beaver Crossing for 45 years. Their home was destroyed last month by a tornado.

All of the buildings in the town suffered damage, but some structures did, too. Like the baseball field and the archway in Beaver Park.

"It's a piece of history that all of the kids in my generation, we all know. And it's one of the things that means a lot to us," Christine, who now lives in Lincoln, said.

Her husband, Tom, brought up the idea of selling t-shirts to raise money to restore a piece of the town’s history.

"I was thinking, heck, why not put some shirts together and see if we can get some funds to get it built up," Tom said.

The shirt’s message, Small Town Strong.

"It originally started from a post from the tornado, it said small town strong all the people that are putting it together, coming helping each other out. Small town strong. That's what it is. Neighbors looking out for neighbors," Tom said.

Travis Stuefer, owner of Teeamy Designs, heard about the cause and volunteered to print the shirts. His wife’s family was affected by a tornado a few years ago. He says it means a lot to be able to help.

"I think the important thing is knowing that some of the proceeds are going back into Beaver Crossing is what got my attention," Stuefer said.

So far, they’ve sold more than 300 shirts and raised nearly $1,600.

The t-shirts start at $15 with $5 being donated to rebuild the baseball field and archway.

And hoodies start at $30, $7 of that going toward the cause.

"Having the funds to rebuild it is returning a piece of normal back to the town," Christine said.

If you want to help out and buy a shirt, go to this website

Beaver Crossing is also hosting a street dance on June 21. Entrance and food are free. The beer garden opens at 6:00 p.m. and the dance starts at 9 o’clock. There will also be a raffle.

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