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UK student collecting donations for Illinois tornado victims

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The UK Center for Community Outreach is taking donations to help tornado victims in Illinois.

In response to a tornado that devastated Washington, Illinois on Sunday, many Kentuckians are lending a helping hand. The University of Kentucky Center for Community Outreach is collecting items like canned food, toiletries and new socks.

They’re also asking for pet care items, cleaning supplies, infant formula and diapers; items that, in most cases, are costly for organizations to transport. But in this case, the collection will be taken to Illinois free of charge by a student.

Ally Hartter is an Illinois native and grew up just miles away from Washington, the area that saw the most damage. She got the idea to collect these supplies, take them back to Illinois and donate to shelters and churches that are helping victims.

Hartter says she's finding ways to help after this disaster happened a little too close to home.

“It could have so easily been my house, my family," says Ally Hartter, a UK student. "It was 15 minutes away at most. I would expect and I know people from home would do the exact same thing.”

The center is accepting donations through Wednesday. The Center for Community Outreach is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. It's located in room 106 of the student center.

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