The Cubs are collecting for Illinois tornado relief

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service have determined that at least 16 tornados hit Illinois and Northwest Indiana last Sunday, the largest of which ravaged the town of Washington near Peoria.

On Thursday and Friday morning, the Cubs will be doing their part to help the storm’s victims. Thursday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Friday from 8-11 a.m., people can drop off donated items at Wrigley Field’s Purple Lot on Clark Street just west of the stadium. These items will be loaded onto a truck, and a small group of Cubs volunteers will personally drive them to Peoria Friday afternoon. The organization is working with Heroes Memorial Foundation to ensure the donations reach people in need.

Below is a list of items the Red Cross has specifically requested for donation.

Items Most Needed:

  • Tote bags
  • Plastic trash cans
  • Plastic storage bins
  • Gloves

Other Items Needed:

  • Non-perishable food items (granola bars, canned food items, etc)
  • Bottled water
  • Large garbage bags
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, soap, etc)
  • Buckets
  • Sponges
  • Mops
  • Towels
  • Baby formula
  • Diapers
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Manual can openers
  • Duct tape
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Female hygiene products
  • School supplies – new or used backpacks, crayons, colored pencils, notebooks, binders, etc.

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