Naperville Rotary clubs collecting items for hurricane victims

The Naperville Rotary clubs plan to collect items to fill a trailer headed to the Carolinas with items to assist communities devastated by Hurricane Florence.

The collection is planned for Oct. 6 and 7 and Oct. 12 and 13 at the park district Garden Plots along West Street, across from Knoch Park, near downtown Naperville.

The four clubs are inviting all service groups, faith organizations, homeowners associations, businesses and individuals to join a communitywide service project by donating tools, tarps, personal care items, nonperishable food items, dehumidifiers, bottled water and other items listed at Only new items will be collected and no clothing will be accepted.

A trailer and driver will be provided by 4:44 Rotarian and Naperville resident Rocky Caylor, president and CEO of Cadence Premier Logistics, a company experienced in delivering emergency relief.

When full, the trailer will be delivered to a soon-to-be-identified community that has been ravaged by flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.

Rotary District 6450 Governor Nominee Chuck Corrigan, also a 4:44 Rotarian, is coordinating the Rotary connection with a district governor in North Carolina.

The park district has agreed for a trailer to be parked for a week at the garden plots for the collection. Banners will mark the site.

Members of the Rotary Club of Naperville-After Dark are coordinating volunteers to work two-hour shifts.

Collection hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. all four days. For updates and a list of most-needed items, visit

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