Local relief crews helping out in Northern Illinois

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DOOR COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – The eight tornadoes that hit Illinois just south of the Wisconsin border last Thursday left much destruction in their wake and left many families without homes.

“People lost a lot of personal belongings and they have no place to live and they’re trying to pull their lives back together,” said Ron Maloney, a member of a Red Cross relief team.

Maloney, from Door County, and Andy Stanislowski, from Waupaca, made the trip from Wisconsin to Northern Illinois on Monday to help those impacted by the tornadoes.

“We are going to take this ERV with us and we’ll probably be picking up food and then canteening,” Maloney said. “We call it out to the people in the areas that are working and giving them lunches and maybe dinners.”

The Red Cross relief teams are deployed to different areas for up to two weeks at a time.

Chapter Executive Steven Hansen said, “We were put on standby actually on friday right after the disaster hit and now here we are basically 48 hours later deploying an ERV staff with two volunteers.”

Volunteers say the only way to recover from such a tragic event is to come together and help those in need.

“I just want to give back,” Maloney said. “It’s just something to do and I think it’s important that we help our friends and neighbors.”

The Green Bay crew arrived in Illinois around noon Monday and will be there for two weeks.

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