Fairdale Illinois Tornado Relief

For: Tornado Relief - With Distribution to Kirkland Lions Club
Organizer: Jewel Ward
of $30,000 goal.
Raised by 372 donors
84% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Having experienced and living through the F-4 Tornado in Washington, Illinois now is our time to give back to a community that is experiencing extensive tornado damage to a small communtiy that first gave to us, Fairdale, Illinois.  

I grew up near Fairdale, Illinois and have many relatives and friends still living in the surrounding community.  When the tornado hit Washington, I took refuge there while Washington was in the very first days of recovery.  The love and community support for those that knew what Washington had experienced was overwhelming.

Monetary donations were given in forms of checks and cash to distrubute for the Washington people in need.  My son, Jackson and his friend Max, made black and orange rubber band bracelets and gave to those that donated.  It kept them busy and minds off the tornado damage in Washington that was sketched permanently in their minds.  They too were helping. 

After returning to Washington, the boys gave all the donations to the Washington Lions Club.  I would like to do the same now, collect donations and turn over for distrubution to the local Kirkland Lions Club to get to those in need quickly.

All of us remember what it was like in those first days of recovery and how important it is to get needed funds to those in need quickly.

I contacted the Fairdale's local Lion's Club member tonight,  I was given contact information of Amy PoSean for the Kirkland Lion's Club.  Currently the phones are working sporatic and intermittet at best.  There is no electrical power in the area and the immediate direction is finding people and safe locations to spend the night. I will update with her telephone number directly and other important contact information as soon as available.

If you are so inclined to help with a monetary donation at this time, I will see that Kirkland Lion's Club will receive all donations for distrubution within the community to directly help those in need due to tornado related costs.  

If you can help, please do so now.  

Thank you in advance,
Jewel Ward

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 27, 2015

Posted on June 27, 2015

Another check was delivered on 6/7/15, in the amount of $2,285.00 to the Kirkland Lions Club from the YouCaring Account Fairdale Illinois Tornado Relief.  The Kirkland Lions Club distributed "Cash in Hand" to those in need as soon as it was received. The Kirkland Lions Club have been excellent stewards of the donated money gathered to complete donors intent. The Kirkland Lions Club should be commended for handling and carrying out such an important task, all while showing compassion and providing personal attention to those in need. They have fulfilled the Motto of the Lions Club which is "We Serve"  Thank you Kirkland Lions Club Members!

Recovery has now begun, the community has had time to realize there are additional areas of the rebuild that were not initially anticipated, nor are covered by insurance.  DeKalb County is in the process of rezoning Fairdale to be in compliance with current zoning regulations for wells and septic systems.  After this rezoning process, building permits can be issued with the anticipated date of July 1, 2015.  It has been nearly three months since the tornado's destruction on April 9, 2015.  And to these community members have been patiently waiting to rebuild -- it has been a long three months.  

Many people are still wanting to help in the recovery process and monetary donations are the easiest way to get resources to those in need quickly.  There are various fundraisers still being planned as future events, from lemonade stands to hair-cut-a-thons to help those in need.  I have been asked by those planning these fundraisers to keep this account open allowing an easy way to get the money to the recipients easily and simply.  We have decided to change the fundraising goal for this YouCaring account to $30,000 and believe this is obtainable.  Donate a little -- together it all adds up to make a difference.  Thank you in advance for all your help!        

Posted on April 27, 2015

Posted on April 27, 2015

Another check was delivered today 4/26/15, for $2,365.00 to the Kirkland Lions Club from the YouCaring Account Fairdale Illinois Tornado Relief.  The Kirkland Lions Club will distribute "Cash in Hand" to those in need, thanks to all of your generous donations making this all possible.  THANK YOU! 

Posted on April 23, 2015

Posted on April 23, 2015

Another news article written about YouCaring account... take a look... www.dekalbcountyonline.com/2015/04/tornado-victims-start-receiving-donated-money 

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