Volunteers waste no time helping tornado-ravaged communities

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FAIRDALE, Ill -- The response from volunteers was swift and total Friday after storms and tornadoes blew through Fairdale Thursday night.

Groups were out in field cleaning up tree limbs and storm debris.

Volunteers also donated food, water and clothing at the Kirkland Fire Dept which became a kind of ground zero for those who needed help.

Fairdale resident Jerry Lawton came to get food for his two dogs.

“My house pretty much survived,” he said. “My neighbors’ didn't”

The Red Cross is assessing what their donations can buy for the families in need.  PAWS Rockford is in the area for any animals that may lose their owners.

Churches are also coming together at a record pace.  Mass emails went out last night to all the Methodist churches in the area and ery quickly the donations started pouring in.  They mainly need clothing and cleaning supplies.

In Rochelle,  a town also hit hard by the tornado, large scale  relief efforts are underway as well. The Rochelle Fire Dept cannot take any more donations. They ask that you bring them to 105 S. Main Street off 1st Ave.

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