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Opportunities & Ways to Help November 17th's Will County & IL Tornado Victims

Opportunities & Ways to Help November 17th's
Will County & IL Tornado Victims

     The tornadoes that wreaked havoc across much of Illinois on Sunday, November 17th, left a trail of death and devastation behind them.  At the time of this writing, it is being reported that at least 6 people were killed and 54 more were injured. 

     Relief efforts to assist the families, homes, and businesses damaged or destroyed by the deadly storms have sprung up all across our State.  Many such efforts are also being organized locally within Will County. 

     The Red Cross has set-up a mobilized shelter operation in Coal City at the Coal City High School located at 655 W. Division Street.  Coal City, Diamond, and areas of Manhattan Township were the hardest hit amongst the areas located in the County. 

     For those wishing to help monetarily:  A Tornado disaster relief fund was set up by the Village of Diamond at:  Mazon State Bank.  If writing a check, make it out to:    Diamond & Coal City Tornado Disaster Relief Fund
Donations are being accepted at the bank itself.  If mailing a donation, please send your donation to: Mazon State Bank, 2315 E Division St., PO Box 247, Diamond, IL 60416.

     The Coal City United Methodist Church is helping to serve the volunteers working on the clean-up of the tornado.  The Church has requested donations of the following to aid them in their work:
  • Bleach, gloves, sponges, buckets, garbage bags, mops, towels, and other various cleaning supplies    

     The Ignite Christian Church located at 301 South Broadway, Coal City and Coal City Clothes Closet at 130 Blackstone, Coal City, are also serving as donation drop-off points. 

     Fire Stations within Will County are also helping in the collection of needed supplies.  Donations can be made at the following fire houses within Will:

  • Troy Fire Station 1 - 7ooo Cottage Street, Shorewood
  • Plainfield Fire Station 1 - 14415 S. Coil Plus Drive 
  • Channahon Fire Station 2 - 23341 McClintock Street

     In Braidwood you can leave donations in a drop-off box located on the front porch of the First Presbyterian Church of Braidwood located at 106 S. Lincoln Street.   Donations can also be left at the Main Street Baptist Church in Braidwood.  The church is located 110 South Division Street.  Both churches ask that you specify that donations are being made on behalf of the tornado victims.
     In Elwood, donations are being accepted on Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 9 am to 7 pm at:  The Hair Code, 416 East Mississippi Avenue. 

     In Manhattan, drop-offs can be made at:  Hawk Fitness at 112 State Street in Manhattan.  Hours are:  M-W, 8:30 am to 1 pm, M-F, 3:30 pm to 9 pm. 

     In New Lenox, donations can be left at:  Page Desk Incorporated, 14557 W. Edison Drive, between the hours of: 10 am to 5 pm.  The New Lenox Police Department has also joined the relief effort and has become available as a drop-off location.  The NL Police Department is located at:  701 W Haven Ave in New Lenox. 
    Finding another way to serve the residents of the area, the agents of Remax Ultimate Professionals, 576 Brookforest Ave (Rt. 59) in Shorewood are collecting donations to help those in need.  Crispy Waffle, also located at 576 Brookforest Avenue, Shorewood, is collecting donations between the hours 8 am to 5 pm. 

     Will County Habitat for Humanity will be distributing tornado relief donations made through the Shorewood and Joliet branches of People First Bank.   

    The relief charity "Helping Hugs" from Plainfield, is accepting donations from 2 to 7 p.m on Monday and Tuesday (November 18th & 19th) at Plymouth Congregational Church, 24022 W. Lockport St. (use Illinois Street entrance, please).  For a list of needed items, click HERE.

    Opportunities & Ways to Help November 17th's Will County & IL Tornado Victims ... Relief efforts will no doubt be expanded in the days ahead.  Please keep the families and businesses damaged and destroyed in this last Sunday's tornadoes and storms in your thoughts ... and take action now to help how and where you can.

     Thank you ...

     Gene Mundt
     APMC - New Lenox, IL
     NMLS #216987






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