Ways to help those affected by the tornado
There are many opportunities to help those affected by Sunday's tornado, including the following:
• To inquire about donations of time and service, call the Volunteer Call Center at 815-518-3061. This phone number is not for monetary donations or donations of goods.
• Donations may be dropped off at Diamond Village Hall, 1750 E. Division St. Those who need them can pick up cleaning supplies at the Village Hall. Items needed include: nonperishable food items; gift cards to Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Home Depot or Ace Hardware; fruit; bags of chips; snacks for sack lunches; Ziploc/sandwich bags; bottled water; Rubbermaid totes; cardboard boxes; files with closeable tops for documents; toys; large garbage bags; deodorant; combs; hair brushes; toothbrushes; toothpaste; shampoo/conditioner; shaving cream; body wash (not soap at this time); work gloves; buckets; sponges; cleaning rags; dish soap; mops; towels; baby formula; infant care items; diapers; bedding; flashlights; batteries (C, D and AAA); manual can openers; aspirin; brown lunch bags; Sharpie markers; school supplies; dog and cat food; disposable coffee cups with lids; ducts tape; packing tape to seal boxes; tarps; scissors; toilet paper; paper towels.
• Coal City United Methodist Church is collecting food, water, bedding and toiletries at the church, 6805 E. McArdle Road, Coal City. Clothing may be brought to the Coal City Clothes Closet, 130 E. Blackstone St., Coal City.
• The First United Methodist Church of Morris Senior High School Youth Group is coordinating a Morris donation drop-off center. The center will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at the Wesley Youth Center, on North Street just west of Liberty Street. Donations of nonperishable food, new or gently used clothing, toys, personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies are requested. Cash and checks made out to Coal City Methodist Church also will be accepted. All donations will be delivered to the Coal City-Diamond area Saturday. For information contact Colin or Katy Monk at 815-941-2383.
• A donation box has been set up in the lobby of First National Bank - Morris, 1771 N. Division St. in Morris. They are collecting needed items and gift cards, which will be given to tornado victims. The lobby is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.
• Bishop Daniel Conlon of the Diocese of Joliet will be at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Coal City at 5:15 p.m. Friday to offer a prayer for all tornado victims. At 4 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, a second collection will be taken to help support Our Lady of Mercy Fund, which will be given to organizations helping the victims. A second collection also will be taken at the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Thanksgiving Day. Donations to Our Lady of Mercy Fund also can be sent to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish – Tornado Relief, 195 South Kankakee St., Coal City, IL 60416 or online at www.stmaryparishassumption.org
• If you find photos and documents – other people's important papers – in your yard, you can mail or drop them off at the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce, 909 Liberty St., Morris, during business hours Monday through Friday, and they will assist with categorizing and having a place people can go to to try to find their items.