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Oswego Residents Help Out in Tornado-Ravaged Area

Apr 14, 2015 10:14PM ● By Steven Jack

A group of students and parents from Dominion Martial Arts Institute of Mentorship traveled to North Central Illinois Sunday to help those impacted by the devastating tornadoes of Thursday, April 9.

A group of 23 local students and adults from Oswego's Dominion Martial Arts Institute of Mentorship traveled to North Central Illinois Sunday to help those impacted by the devastating tornadoes of Thursday, April 9.

Dominion Founder David Chacon traveled to Rochelle Friday with his family, witnessing the damages first-hand. After mobilizing the Dominion family, by noon the following day $250 in gift cards, water, gloves, Gatorade, bags, baby food, baby materials, clothes, sanitizer, paint, boxes, nutritional items, and food were ready to be donated. 

On Sunday the group delivered the items and aided one local family with clean-up efforts. 

"We found ourselves helping this couple clean up the devastation," Chacon said. "We were so inspired by their attitudes. They were in such a devastating time yet smiled and asked to take a picture with us as we were leaving. 
They also made sure none of us left without food and goodies for the ride home. We were shocked at how willing to give at a time like this."

The Dominion family isn't the only group in Oswego helping the victims of the tornadoes. Downtown insurance agency NM Tripp is currently collecting the following items for delivery on Thursday:
 
  • Water bottles
  • Non-perishable food items 
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries 
  • Toiletries
Drop-off hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Wednesday and 8 a.m. to noon Thursday at 5 Main St. All items will be taken to the Kirkland Fire Department for donation on Thursday.

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY DAVID CHACON