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Cubs fans give generously to tornado victims

Last Thursday and Friday, the Chicago Cubs, like many other organizations held a donation drive at Wrigley Field to collect food and supplies to be distributed among people in the Peoria and Washington, Illinois, areas that were affected by the tornadoes that occurred the previous Sunday.

According to Cubs spokesperson Kevin Saghy, the Cubs filled an entire 53-foot semitrailer and an additional truck. Fans donated cleaning supplies, gloves, flashlights, clothing, food, toiletries, pet supplies, school supplies and other items recommended by the Red Cross, he said.

The Red Cross gave the Cubs guidelines for what was most needed in the area, including plastic bins, buckets, nonperishable food and bottled water, among other items.

“I personally spoke with fans that drove in from as far as Indiana and several suburbs to contribute,” he stated.

Once items were packed up and delivered to Peoria, volunteers at Brewers Distributing Company helped unload the trucks. They were serving as a distribution center for the Red Cross.

According to a community letter, the Cubs received “monetary donations from fans, neighbors, the front office and even Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.: The funds will be given to the American Red Cross through Chicago Cubs Charities.

Monetary donations can still be made via redcross.org.