11/20 Cubs help victims of Sunday’s tornadoes
The Cubs want to send a care package to Illinois residents affected by Sunday’s damaging tornadoes, and need your help. On Thursday and Friday morning, the Cubs staff will be collecting donated items at Wrigley Field, and will deliver them to Peoria later Friday.
The American Red Cross gave the Cubs a specific list of what’s needed. Top priority items include tote bags, plastic trash cans, plastic storage bins and gloves.
Other items needed include non-perishable food items (granola bars, canned food); bottled water; large garbage bags; toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, soap); buckets; sponges; mops; towels; baby formula; diapers; flashlights; batteries; manual can openers; duct tape; toilet paper; paper towels; feminine hygiene products. Also on the list are school supplies, such as new or used backpacks, crayons, colored pencils, notebooks, and binders.
Donations can be made at the Purple Lot on Clark Street, just west of Wrigley Field between Waveland Avenue and Addison Street, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. CT on Thursday. Items will be accepted from 8-11 a.m. CT on Friday, and the truck will then leave for distribution in Peoria.
If you can’t come to Wrigley Field, Cubs fans are asked to visit RedCross.org; call 1-800-RED CROSS (Central Illinois Tornado Response); or text the Red Cross at “90999” to make a $10 donation.
More than a dozen tornadoes struck Illinois on Sunday, packing top winds of more than 100 mph. As many as 500 homes were damaged in the town of Washington near Peoria alone.
— Carrie Muskat