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Darien VFW Collecting Donations for Downstate Tornado Victims

The group will be accepting clothing, non-perishable items, toiletries, children’s games and toys, and cleaning supplies over the next few weeks.

Darien VFW Post 2838 is collecting donations to help victims of a tornado that devastated the southern Illinois town Harrisburg early Wednesday morning. 

The category F4 tornado killed six and injured more than 100 people, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Over the next few weeks, Matt Goodwin said the Darien VFW will be accepting clothing, non-perishable items, toiletries, children’s games and toys, and cleaning supplies — especially laundry detergent. The group will use cash or gift card donations to buy items from those categories.

“If anyone wishes to donate we would greatly appreciate everything we can help provide,” Goodwin said.

Items will be collected at , the and .

Goodwin plans to make his first of several delivery trips to the area at the end of next week.

For more information or to arrange a special drop-off location, contact Goodwin at mattgoodwin@darienvfw2838.org. Cash donations can be made through PayPal and directed to Goodwin's email address. Donations may also be made to the American Red Cross. Make sure you specify you want the money to go toward Harrisburg Disaster Relief.

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