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Chicago firefighters, union collect donations for Illinois tornado survivors

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The Chicago Fire Department and the Chicago Firefighters Local 2 Union are supporting Illinois residents affected by last week's devastating tornadoes. They're collecting donations, and you can help!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, visit any Chicago fire house from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 29 to give to those in need. You can also mail them in. The members of Engine 123 started the idea, and now it has spread to the entire force.

Good Day Chicago spoke with the firefighters at 2215 W. 51st Street fire house Wednesday morning, the primary drop off location. They recommend donating water, cleaning supplies, 30-gallon plastic drums, gloves, heavy duty plastic bags, gift cards to home improvement stores, pharmacies and grocery stores.

If you would like to make a monetary contribution, please direct those to Local 2's headquarters, located at 440 w. 42nd Street in Chicago.

Several Local 2 members traveled to central Illinois over the last week to assist the clean-up effort amid the astounding devastation. Homes were leveled and residents have lost everything.

Engine 123 was the late Herbie Johnson's home fire house. They're remembering him, as they organize this relief effort. The donations will be organized and delivered over the weekend.

Local 2 is America's second oldest firefighter and paramedic union. They say they're at their best when you're at your worst – always there to lend a helping hand when you're in need.

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