Efforts to Collect Spare Change for Tornado Relief


MACHESNEY PARK (WIFR) -- A Belvidere woman wants to do her part to help tornado victims change their luck.

Kirstin Roush says after two days of seeing pictures of the devastation and rubble left behind from the tornados in Washington, she had to help. Roush came up with the idea to collect customers’ spare change; she works at Bettie's Place, a video gaming parlor in Machesney Park. Roush says customers often just leave the change when they cash out their winnings, for instance, if they won $30.05, they'll leave the nickel. Roush decorated a coffee can for people to drop their off their spare change. Her boss had her make two more to put up at other locations.

“A lot of times people forget that there are other people and we need to look beyond ourselves and help each other out once in a while. I live in Belvidere and 40 years a tornado went and tore down all of Belvidere. It could to anyone, anywhere at any time,” says Kirstin Roush.

She says customers haven't commented on the cans, but when she holds the cans, they’re getting heavier. The cans will be up until the end of the month for folks to drop their extra coins. Roush says her plan is to send a check directly to the city of Washington so the people there can spend it on whatever they need the most.


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