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Students lend a hand to tornado victims

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:14 p.m. CST
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Riverside Brookfield High School student in the National Honor Society helped collect items for donation for residents of Washington, Ill.
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Riverside Brookfield High School students pulled off hearts to tell them what donations were needed.
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Riverside Brookfield High School students in the National Honor Society helped collect items for donation for residents of Washington, Ill.

RIVERSIDE – On a packed mini bus with a Chevy Suburban following behind, 14 Riverside Brookfield High School students, along with a teacher and a parent chaperone, made the trek to Washington, Ill., recently to lend a hand to victims of a devastating tornado that hit the town last year.

The students headed to Washington on Feb. 15 to deliver laundry detergent, light bulbs, canned goods and other needed supplies to residents of town, many of which are still living in hotels and with relatives, unable to rebuild, because of this winter’s extreme cold and snow, according to Lindsay Mynaugh, an instructor at RB.

The drive for items, called Bulldogs Have Heart, was led by RB students across the school and organized by students in the National Honor Society. Students could grab paper hearts off a banner that listed items needed by residents of Washington. Students would then bring in the items for donation.

In all, 18 boxes were sent to Washington from Riverside Brookfield High School. Recipients in Washinton told students it was the largest donation they had received since before Christmas, according to by Mynaugh.

Students are considering another donation trip in the spring to continue their aid to the community.

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