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  • Items are being collected at Camping World of Chicago in Island Lake for Hurricane Harvey victims.

      Items are being collected at Camping World of Chicago in Island Lake for Hurricane Harvey victims.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Signs are posted around the Camping World of Chicago in Island Lake Tuesday letting customers know a collection is under way for Hurricane Harvey victims.

      Signs are posted around the Camping World of Chicago in Island Lake Tuesday letting customers know a collection is under way for Hurricane Harvey victims.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
 

Two suburban companies are teaming up to collect bottled water, clothes, baby diapers, pet food and other essential supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.

Paws In Time -- a dog training, grooming and boarding operation with facilities in West Chicago and Oswego -- is working with Lincolnshire-based Camping World on the relief effort.

Supplies can be dropped off at the Camping World store at 4450 Darrell Road in Island Lake or in the lobbies of both Paws In Time centers. They're at: 1891 E. Fabyan Parkway, West Chicago; and 456 Treasure Drive, Oswego.

Paws In Time employees will deliver items they receive to Camping World, where workers will load everything onto trucks headed to Texas. Owner Julie Nelson said she initially considered personally taking donations to Texas. But after Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis announced on Facebook that his organization would be sending aid, Nelson reached out to the company and offered to assist.

"We're thousands of miles away, but whatever we can do to help, I want to do it," Nelson said.

Water, nonperishable food, clothing for adults and kids, diapers, baby formula, toiletries and batteries are among the needed items. Organizers also are requesting canned dog and cat food, leashes and collars, dog and cat treats and clumping cat litter.

A Camping World representative on Tuesday said the business is expecting truckloads of donations from local businesses.

Organizers haven't set a deadline for donations, nor have they determined when they will drive the supplies to Texas.

Additionally, Camping World will match any financial donations it or Paws In Time receives for the American Red Cross through Sept. 4, up to $2 million.

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