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updated: 12/7/2013 5:24 PM

Geneva collection for tornado victims ends Monday

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  • Items that have been collected for disaster relief for the Washington tornado victims sit at the bottom of a 20-foot Christmas tree Friday at Shodeen headquarters in Geneva. They will be delivered to the Washington area on Wednesday.

       Items that have been collected for disaster relief for the Washington tornado victims sit at the bottom of a 20-foot Christmas tree Friday at Shodeen headquarters in Geneva. They will be delivered to the Washington area on Wednesday.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
 

People who still wish to help the victims of the tornado that struck Washington, Ill., last month, have through 5 p.m. Monday to participate in a collection co-sponsored by the city of Geneva.

Items can be dropped off at the Shodeen Inc. headquarters at 77 N. First St., Geneva.

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By Friday afternoon, at least three pickup-truck loads worth of items had been collected, according to Kevin Stahr, the city's spokesman.

Requested items include toiletries, plastic zip bags, toothpaste, toothbrushes, pain-relieving medications, cold medicine, first-aid kits, feminine-hygiene products, hand sanitizer, denture products, contact solution, incontinence products, sewing kits, baby wipes, diapers, baby formula, baby bottles, baby food, Pack 'n' Play-style playpens, shoes, phone chargers, water, black markers, duct tape, reading glasses, plastic cups and utensils, razors, pillows, blankets, extension cords, power strips, pet food and gift cards to chain drugstores.

The items will be delivered Wednesday.

Teens touched

The Batavia High School girls basketball team collected money for Washington tornado recovery during the boys/girls doubleheader basketball games Friday night vs. Geneva.

The girls were inspired by a drive through Washington en route to a game in Morton Nov. 29.

"Driving through Washington didn't feel real," player Erin Bayram said, in a news release from the school district. "I never thought something like that could actually happen until I saw it with my own eyes. It was extremely emotional and I instantly knew we needed to do something to show our support to the town."

Other help needed

Addison-based Lutheran Church Charities put out a call Thursday for equipment for its work in Washington.

It has asked for two tree-stump removers and a Bobcat track loader. People who can donate or lend such equipment are asked to call Dianna or Sherry at (866) 455-6466.

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