Speeding help to Illinois tornado victims

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Dan Plutchak | November 20, 2013

Although the tornadoes that ripped through central Illinois Sunday were hundreds of miles away, the natural disaster struck close to home for many in Walworth County, so close to the state line.
Volunteers by the hundreds have been collecting supplies throughout the week and many are heading to the worst hit spots, including Washington, Ill., near Peoria, which took the brunt of the storm's fury.
The storm that moved through Illinois Nov. 17 spawned at least 14 tornadoes and the death toll had risen to 6 by the middle of last week.
Pekin also was hard hit, as was Brookport, a town of 1,000 near the Kentucky border.
Much of the relief effort has been organized through media websites such as Facebook.
On Friday, Hollie Lefel, and a co-worker plan to depart Delavan for Washington, with donations they had collected Thursday at St. Andrew's Parish in Delavan.
Lefel, an account representative for Cargill, according to the St. Andrew's Parish Facebook page, has colleagues at the store in Washington.
Donations can be dropped off at the school, 115 S. 7th St., Delavan, through the end of the school day tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 21. Mark your donations “Tornado Relief.”
Suggested items include:
• Clothing / Jackets / Shoes
• Non-perishable food items
• Diapers / Wipes / Baby Formula
• Blankets
• General Household Items (toilet paper, paper towel, garbage bags, soap)
• Toys or Stuffed Animals - something to put a smile on a child's face
• Pet Food / Supplies
Anything that someone with nothing could use
“If you would drop it off at Goodwill, consider dropping it off at St. Andrew School instead,” Lefel wrote on her Facebook post.
Also today—November 20--the North Boone Fire Department District #3 is collecting donations at the station in Poplar Grove 305 W. Grove St. (Rt. 173) until 6 p.m.
One resident who returned from Washington said they are in need of large tarps to protect property from the rain.
"Other needed items include garbage bags, gloves, storage bins, shovels, brooms, cleaning supplies, gas cards, pre-paid cards, chain saw oil etc. ANYTHING will help. Additionally, you can go to Washington IL Tornado Charity Event on Facebook. They have a list. Of course the non perishable food, water, and clothes are accepted as well."

Check out related Facebook sites offering fundraisers, events and clearing houses to help those in need:

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