Collections under way for tornado relief

DeKALB – Sycamore’s Cub Scout Pack 140 spent their last meeting making nearly 40 cards for Washington, Ill. residents affected by last week’s tornado.

Andy Kijowski, the pack’s den leader, said he told the Scouts to imagine they came home and found all of their belongings were gone.

“Just seeing it on the news, sometimes it isn’t enough for kids to understand,” he said.

Three Shabbona United Church of Christ elementary school girls collected canned goods, cleaning buckets, school supplies and money, said Jim Allen, pastor at Shabbona United Church of Christ, in an email. They will deliver the canned goods to denomination representatives, and the money will go to the American Red Cross.

Local police are helping the cause, too. Representatives of the DeKalb and Sycamore police departments traveled to Washington Tuesday to deliver donations of gift cards, shelving units and everyday necessities to the American Red Cross there.

Tom Reilly, DeKalb police officer, said the effort started with just a few police officials but spread quickly.

“Once word got around, everyone around here was willing to help,” Reilly said.

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