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updated: 11/21/2013 4:45 PM

Wheaton mom rounds up help for tornado victims

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  • Video: Wheaton helps tornado victims

  • Jennifer Guevara loads up a trailer loaded with donations from a Wheaton parents' Facebook site for tornado victims in Coal City.

       Jennifer Guevara loads up a trailer loaded with donations from a Wheaton parents' Facebook site for tornado victims in Coal City.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Jennifer Guevara's daughter wrote a letter to victims of the tornado in Coal City.

       Jennifer Guevara's daughter wrote a letter to victims of the tornado in Coal City.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Wheaton residents and businesses donated items ranging from dental supplies to toiletries, clothes and baby items.

      Wheaton residents and businesses donated items ranging from dental supplies to toiletries, clothes and baby items.
    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.

  • Terry Jessen of Lombard helps her daughter Jennifer Guevara load a trailer Thursday with donated items for the victims of the tornado in Coal City. She gathered donations after she posted on a Facebook she manages.

       Terry Jessen of Lombard helps her daughter Jennifer Guevara load a trailer Thursday with donated items for the victims of the tornado in Coal City. She gathered donations after she posted on a Facebook she manages.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
 

After the devastating tornado in central Illinois on Sunday, Jennifer Guevara somehow wanted to help the victims.

So she took to social media. On a Facebook page she manages in which Wheaton parents share ideas, help and such, she put out a call for items that were needed in Coal City.

People responded quickly and soon her living room was filled with clothes, food, baby items and toiletries.

On Thursday, with the help of her mom and sister, she packed up a U-Haul, donated by Chuck Pickerill of Villa Park, and drove the items to Coal City.

Toiletries and main essentials were delivered to United Methodist Church and clothes were taken to a nearby clothes closet in Coal City.

Other local businesses helped her out, too, including Vanilla Sugar Bakery of Winfield, which sent cookies for the Coal City volunteers, and Bruce Wisner, orthodontist in Wheaton, who donated dental items.

Guevara wants people to know that by making a small steps, individuals can help out just as much as a business or organization can.

"It's very rewarding in so many ways." Guevara said. "I live in such an amazing community, here in Wheaton. I feel very fortunate to live here."

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