At least two local communities are collecting donations for tornado victims in Indiana and Illinois.
The city of Crown Point and Source One Real Estate will be accepting donations for Kokomo, Indiana residents affected by Sunday’s storm through this morning at the Crown Point Fire Station, 126 N. East St., and Source One Real Estate, 855 E. North St.
“The severe storms on Sunday devastated the lives of those who were in its path. The mission of 'Crown Point Cares' is to help our fellow citizens, whether they are from Crown Point or Kokomo” Mayor David Uran said.
Items needed are plastic containers, Ziploc bags, diapers (all sizes), wipes, baby formula, shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste, tooth brushes, cleaning supplies, flashlights and batteries.
For more information contact Uran’s office at (219) 662-3240 or the real estate office at (219) 662-5445.
In Schererville, Immanuel Presbyterian Church and its Pastor, Jody Noble, are collecting school supplies for children who were affected by the tornado in Washington, Ill.
Noble has a friend who is pastor of a Presbyterian church in Washington, and delivered some donated items at a pastors' retreat Thursday.
IPC is continuing to collect donated backpacks, school supplies, gasoline cards and Wal-Mart gift cards through next week at the church, 140 W. U.S. 30, and at the Schererville Chamber of Commerce office, corner of East Joliet Street and Austin Avenue.
"We will make sure items get mailed to them," Noble said of the tornado victims.
Evelyn Jones of the chamber of commerce suggested donors might want to "throw in a little something extra to brighten a little one's day."