Aplington-Parkersburg High School (bottom) is damaged with the rest of Parkersburg, Iowa, on Monday, May 26, 2008, a day after a tornado struck the town.
Defensive end Aaron Kampman and his wife, Linde, have been in Parkersburg, Iowa, the past couple of days helping with relief efforts following a devastating tornado over the holiday weekend.
Kampman, a native of nearby Kesley, Iowa, who attended Aplington-Parkersburg High School, still has family in the area. His grandfather, Claas, 81, lives in Parkersburg, and his home was destroyed. Claas Kampman also was injured in the tornado, underwent surgery, and is recovering.
Aplington-Parkersburg High School has received a lot of attention over the years, having produced three other NFL players - Denver's Casey Wiegmann, Detroit's Jared DeVries and Jacksonville's Brad Meester - in addition to Kampman. According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, the tornado destroyed the school's roof and windows, and left only a few standing walls.
Kampman has been doing what he can to help with relief efforts, working with a chainsaw and other machinery to cut down trees and clear brush.
Anyone interested in making a monetary donation to the relief efforts is encouraged to call Lincoln Savings Bank in Aplington. The phone numbers are (319) 347-2305 or (800) 588-7551.
Kampman hasn't decided whether he will return to Green Bay this week to resume organized team activities (OTAs). Team workouts this week are scheduled Wednesday through Friday.