Central Illinois is Taking Action to support tornado victims

Published 05/21 2013 08:38PM

Updated 05/22 2013 11:19AM

PAXTON -- Oklahoma City is ten hours away, but people in Central Illinois are Taking Action to collect donations and make that drive to bring a piece of home back to victims who lost it all. It all started with a text message Monday night. After watching hours of coverage of the destruction, a group of people in Paxton, Cissna Park and Mahomet decided to join forces and help.

One of the organizers drives a semi, so between now and June 10, they'll take donations to fill it with any necessities from garbage bags and paper towels to buckets and cleaning supplies. Once the semi is full, they hope to drive it to Oklahoma City. They say it's all to let people more than 600 miles away know, they're not alone.

"You watch the TV and you see this devastation and you can't help but feel so sorry for those people. To think, what would you do if that was your community? You would hope you'd have the support from your friends and the people you don't know," organizer Sylvia Watson said.

You can drop off donations at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cissna Park and the Kirchner Building Center in Mahomet and Paxton. You might remember a few years ago when a tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri. People in the group went there to help too. It's something they're very passionate about and just want to help any way they can.

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