Donations pouring in for Fairdale after deadly tornado

KIRKLAND, Ill. (AP) — Donations of clothing, shoes, household items and thousands of dollars are pouring in to help the tiny northern Illinois community of Fairdale recover from last week’s devastating tornado.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports that people are dropping off truckloads of items at businesses and government offices. At Sycamore High School, students collected more than $3,100 in gift cards and more than 2,000 nonperishable food items. And a campaign started by the village of Kirkland has collected a total of more than $40,000 from 572 people.

Thursday’s tornado killed two Fairdale residents, injured more than 20 people and destroyed or damaged dozens of buildings.

Kirkland Village President Les Bellah was impressed with the response from the community. He called it “small-town America at its best.”