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11/20/2013 9:01:00 AM
More Illinois Valley groups work to help tornado victims

NewsTribune photo/Katlyn RumboldA Princeton restaurant’s catering van has been transformed into the Washington Tornado Relief van. Volunteers will be making several trips to deliver donated goods to Washington, Ill.
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A Princeton restaurant’s catering van has been transformed into the Washington Tornado Relief van. Volunteers will be making several trips to deliver donated goods to Washington, Ill.
Putnam County organizes 'tornado truckload drive'
GRANVILLE — The Granville Village Board accepted a request Tuesday to help with an effort called Putnam County Gives Back, which is a tornado truckload drive.

Summer Pappan, who recently moved to Granville from Spring Grove, asked the board to consider helping her with the effort to assist those in need after their homes were destroyed Sunday in Central Illinois.

Pappan asked if the board could help her find a drop-off donation site in Granville and if they could help her find a truck to transport the donations to Washington — she has already been given permission to drop the collected items off at a site there.

Pappan said the following items are especially needed: Gift cards to local stores, work gloves, tools, plastic storage containers, cleaning supplies, paper goods, baby food and formula, both baby and adult diapers, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, personal care products, over the counter medicine for children and adults and non-perishable food items.

Board member Randy Borio said he would make some calls Wednesday to find a truck.

The Granville village hall will serve as a drop-off point for anyone who wants to donate items.

The end date for the drive is Dec. 1.

Pappan said she already has talked to Putnam County Superintendent of Schools Jay McCracken about distributing fliers to students in the school district.

In other news, the board:
*Had a moment of silence for those affected by the tornado.
* Donated $500 to give to the city of Washington.

Katlyn Rumbold
Princeton Bureau Chief

PRINCETON — Kramer’s Kitchen is once again giving back to the community.

But this time it is not our local community, rather the grief-stricken community of Washington.

Friends and employees of Kramer’s Kitchen are filling a van with items deemed necessary for the hundreds of families that have been impacted by Sunday’s bizarre weather.

“When everything happened, I was in complete shock,” says donation organizer Jen Matthews. “The pictures shown were horrible. I felt it in my heart that God was telling me I really needed to do something, and at the time I didn’t know what, so I just put a post on Facebook.”

She said from there things just started to take off and that’s how she got her friend and manager of Kramer’s Kitchen, Mindy Kramer, involved.

“This could’ve happened to any of us,” said Kramer. “It could’ve taken our business out, it could’ve taken our homes. It’s so close to home. We felt very lucky that day that we still had our homes and there are many that won’t for the holidays.”

Any donations will be accepted, however there are some items that are in high demand, including water, cleaning supplies, pantry food, personal hygiene items, diapers, baby food, toilet paper, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, and pudding/Jell-o cups.

Matthews was taking a van load to Crossroads United Methodist Church this morning, and with the help of other volunteers and Kramer’s Kitchen, will continue to make trips to Washington with more donations throughout the coming days.

Donations will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 2.

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Article comment by: TheDude

Great Job to Kramers Kitchen and everyone involved, I know many of the people helping out and besides everything they have going on full time, still made a great effort to collect items. I also applaud everyone else from the area helping out.

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