WASHINGTON, IL (WIFR) – It will be a much different holiday for those cleaning up the mess left by tornadoes in Washington, Illinois as some say they are thankful to be alive.
There’s still a lot of help heading that way. Rock Cut Elementary School in Machesney Park just loaded up a truck with bottled water and supplies they’ve been collecting for about a week. Two teachers will be driving the items down to a local church to distribute to those in need.
"My students have really taken ownership of this program. Yesterday they were spending so much time going through all the donations, sorting and organizing everything to make sure it was ready to go for today, so it's just wonderful the way the community has come together to help those in a time of need,” said Jennifer Stella, a 5th grade teacher at Rock Cut Elementary.
The group will leave in the morning.