Suburban residents donating supplies to Harvey victims

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SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. – Donations are on the way from the Chicago area to Hurricane Harvey victims.

Diapers, toys, underwear, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and shampoo are all being donated to victims and were dropped off at Willow Creek Church in South Barrington Friday.

“I'm from Texas so it hits home. it's hard to imagine I can't imagine what they're going through,” Carmen Coronado, Rolling Meadows resident, said.

In partnership with World Vision, Willow Creek kicked off a weekend donation drive, hoping to fill three semi-trucks with basic necessities for families with small children.

“We decided to give a little blessing so small toys that can be given to the kids who have had a really difficult few weeks,” Josie Michalak, Willow Creek Director of Compassion, said.

In Park Ridge, residents also collected donations.

The owner of Affresco Restaurant organized a donation drive this week and has already filled two semi-trucks full of items in coordination with the Rainbow Push Coalition that will be shipped to Houston on Monday.

“I wouldn't even know what to do in their shoes. I had an inch of water in my basement once and I freaked out I can't even imagine what they're going through right now, Sergio Lazzara, the owner, said.

Even these basic items are going to go a long way.

“We've been so divided in this country and Mother Nature just brought us together and it gives you hope in humanity again. I love that it fills my heart with joy,” Coronado said.

Willow Creek also donated $100,000 to help with flood relief.

They will be accepting drop offs Saturday between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Those items in need are disposable diapers, children’s socks and underwear, toiletries and small new toys.