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  • Mike Lyp, owner of All Around Towing & Auto, loads up a large rental truck in Huntley Wednesday with donations for the areas devastated by the recent tornadoes. The Lake in the Hills resident leaves for Washington, Ill., at 4:30 a.m. Thursday to make the first delivery.

       Mike Lyp, owner of All Around Towing & Auto, loads up a large rental truck in Huntley Wednesday with donations for the areas devastated by the recent tornadoes. The Lake in the Hills resident leaves for Washington, Ill., at 4:30 a.m. Thursday to make the first delivery.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Maria Gueroult of Lake in the Hills sorts through bags of clothes as she loads up a large rental truck in Huntley Wednesday with donations bound for Washington, Ill.

       Maria Gueroult of Lake in the Hills sorts through bags of clothes as she loads up a large rental truck in Huntley Wednesday with donations bound for Washington, Ill.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Craig Consoer of Lake in the Hills helps load a truck bound for Washington, Ill., with donations from the area.

       Craig Consoer of Lake in the Hills helps load a truck bound for Washington, Ill., with donations from the area.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 

What started with a whirlwind of messages on a Huntley Facebook page Sunday night has grown into a grass-roots community effort to help others affected by last weekend's devastating tornadoes.

Sunday night when Mike Lyp, owner of All Around Towing & Auto, and Maria Gueroult, both of Lake in the Hills, were online at Huntley Deals 'N Steals, a Facebook group, the idea was hatched to donate items rather than sell them.

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Lyp, who was scheduled to leave for Washington, Ill., with the first truckload at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, rented a truck and offered to take everything to the affected areas.

"It was a great feeling when I picked up the truck," said Lyp, who admitted the entire process was a bit overwhelming. "But I knew it was going to be worth it."

The group has been collecting goods on the northeast corner of Algonquin and Route 47, in the parking lot of Bowl-Hi Lanes in Huntley. It hopes to make at least two trips this week. "I would make a trip every day if I could," Lyp said, as cars kept stopping to drop off goods.

It's all about helping, Gueroult said.

"If I can help just one family or an entire community, then I don't want anything for Christmas, or my birthday for that matter," said Gueroult, who said she's planning a trip to Washington Saturday to deliver everything she can fit in her van. "If I said I was all warm and tingly inside, that would not even begin to describe how I feel about helping."

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