FAIRDALE, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois podiatrist has donated dozens and dozens of pairs of shoes to help the victims of an April tornado in the town of Fairdale.
The April 9 tornado killed two women and caused $7.9 million in damages to dozens of properties in the unincorporated community of about 150 people.
Katherine Bailey has podiatry offices in Oregon and Rochelle. The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports that she donated the shoes and insoles, which can cost up to $150 combined. They were distributed last week at the nearby Kirkland Fire Department during a Fairdale community meeting.
The shoes helped at least one tornado survivor. Carole Poplin’s home was left uninhabitable and the used, donated shoes she was wearing quickly wore out. Now she has a pair from Bailey.