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BG police, fire taking donations for Washington, IL first responders

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  • This aerial view on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, shows homes that were destroyed by a tornado that hit the western Illinois town of Washington on Sunday. It was one of the worst-hit areas after intense storms and tornadoes swept through Illinois. The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Washington had a preliminary rating of EF-4, meaning wind speeds of 170 mph to 190 mph.

      This aerial view on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, shows homes that were destroyed by a tornado that hit the western Illinois town of Washington on Sunday. It was one of the worst-hit areas after intense storms and tornadoes swept through Illinois. The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Washington had a preliminary rating of EF-4, meaning wind speeds of 170 mph to 190 mph.
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Submitted by the Buffalo Grove Police and Fire Departments

The Buffalo Grove Police and Fire Departments are taking donations of items for first responders directly affected by the tornadoes that hit Washington, IL.

Buffalo Grove has identified a number of active and retired police officers, firefighters, paramedics and dispatchers who lost their homes or sustained significant damage.

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It's easy to forget the amount of personal sacrifice and commitment to serving others by people who may have lost their own homes and/or belongings.

The goal is to provide direct assistance to these heroes and their families. Any donations received beyond those needed by first responders will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Items being collected are:

• Gift cards to Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Walmart, Target, Costco, Sam's Club, Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and the like.

• Toiletries, lightweight plastic shelving, plastic tubs, toothpaste, toothbrushes, pain reliever, cold medicine, first aid kits, hand sanitizer, sewing kits, baby wipes, diapers, baby formula, baby bottles, baby sippy cups, pacifiers, baby food, baby clothes, baby blankets, pack n' play, baby bedding, coats, boots (all sizes) shoes, scarfs, gloves, socks, underwear, contact solution, contact cases, reading glasses, plastic cups, plastic plates, plastic utensils, razors, pillows, blankets, extension cords, power strips, phone chargers, water, black markers, duct tape, pet food.

Monetary donations should be made directly to the American Red Cross.

Donations are being taken from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 22-24, at the Buffalo Grove Police Department, 46 Raupp Blvd.

Members of the police and fire departments along with members of the Illinois Truck Enforcement Officers Association will travel to Tazewell County on Tuesday, Nov. 26 to distribute the donated items.

Partner organizations in this effort are: Buffalo Grove Police Department; Buffalo Grove Fire Department; Buffalo Grove Patrol Officers Association, Chapter 672; Buffalo Grove Professional Firefighter and Paramedic Association Local 3177 and the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association.

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