Woman's donation drive brings unity after tragedy

Published 05/28 2013 09:22PM

Updated 05/29 2013 09:16AM

MAHOMET -- A woman asked a favor of her community and their reaction is bringing unity after tragedy. Four nurses from Central Illinois are going to Moore, Oklahoma. Their goal is to help as many as they can get back on their feet, but their friends didn't want them to go empty-handed.

They held a donation drive Tuesday and as those nurses are helping victims, they'll be able to hand out $7,000 worth of supplies.

Tabitha Berg organized the drive. She sent a text to a few friends. Before she knew it, a store owner gave his space to hold the donations.

IGA helped make flyers and the Diamond Dog baseball team volunteered to help. Berg is originally from Oklahoma and when she saw her friends back home Taking Action, it inspired her to do the same.

"There's a couple of high school friends that I have. They're actually adopting families. When I found out that they were doing stuff and Darcy was doing stuff, it was just general that I started collecting," organizer Tabitha Berg said.

Tuesday, they collected a mattress, paper towels and toilet paper. Someone even went shopping, then donated a weeks worth of groceries.

Nurses, from Danville, leave Friday morning. They've been collecting donations for the past week. Between the two groups they'll have a lot to pass out.

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