A benefit for the Tyson workers injured during the Dec. 4 explosion will be held at Perry’s Elks Lodge on Saturday, Jan. 27. Aaron Franics and Andrew Stringer were life flighted to Iowa City after suffering from steam burns at Tyson.
“Our motto, Elks Care, Elks Share, reminds us [that] we do things for our community when it needs help,” Chad Morman, Exalted Ruler of the Perry Lodge said in a previous interview. “We also provide help to our members in times of need, hosting a benefit is the least we can do to help out.”
The benefit will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in order to accommodate the schedule for those who work at the Tyson Plant, Morman says.
A free will donation is set up for a pulled pork dinner, which includes a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, chips, salads, and desserts. Drinks will be available at the Elks.
“It’s really big that when things happen in the community that the community steps up to help support those in need,” Morman said. “It’s amazing to see what kind of camaraderie that it brings from the community when a bad situation comes around.”
The road to recovery could years, which is intermixed with hospital visits to Iowa City and potential surgeries.
Aaron Francis’ body was damaged from the steam incident: the front-side of both of Aaron’s arms have second-degree burns, and his wrist has third-degree burns; the top of his chest has first-degree burns and his stomach has second-degree burns; Aaron was burnt on both sides of his groin area, mixed with both second and third-degree burns.
In addition, Francis suffers from PTSD from his two tours in Iraq.
Morman said any form of donation to both families is appreciated.
“I would say in general they have a lot of trips back and forth to Iowa City, and with that meaning hotel stays, gift cards, fuel is probably one of the bigger things,” Morman said. “With some of that, basic home supplies and things like that.
“Anything that would cut their cost of living.”
For those who can’t attend, additional donations to the Francis and Stringer families can be mailed or dropped off at the Elks Lodge.