The East Peoria Police Department is helping families impacted by the November 17th tornado as part of its annual Adopt-a-Family Program.
The department typically tries to help up to two low-income families annually. But the union representing police as well as individual officers donated money to reach five families whose homes were destroyed in the storms. Police also teamed up with the Fire Department to donate toys for the children.
Patti Moore is a member of one of the families chosen to receive help. She says she’s overwhelmed by the generosity:
“Many people have given us gifts and helped us with food and gas. When you go through something like this, it’s very hard to concentrate, so to have people reach out and give gifts to the kids so they can still have their Christmas is...I feel fortunate after all the devastation that has happened. I feel very fortunate to have the people that have reached out to us.”
The families chosen for the Adopt-a-Family program receives laundry baskets full of everything from household items to monetary and restaurant gift cards. Residents or businesses that would like to donate additional items for the families should contact the East Peoria Police Department.