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Volunteers help with tornado cleanup process in Harrisburg, Illinois

9:23 PM, Mar 3, 2012   |    comments
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Harrisburg, Ill. (KSDK) - Hundreds of volunteers traveled to Harrisburg, Illinois Saturday to help clean up after Wednesday's tornado.

The help came on the same day as a funeral for two people killed in the tornado.

"Operation Blessing" was just one of several organizations that coordinated volunteers and helped organize resources.

Many of the volunteers are Harrisburg residents whose homes were spared in the tornado.

Among the volunteers were graduate sutdents at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

"I had something come over me that said 'Love your neighbor more than yourself, or as yourself,'" said volunteer Tyler Rueter. "Those people are my neighbors even though it's three hours down the road."

Any Harrisburg residents needing assistance can visit the Southeast Illinois College Foundation Center in Harrisburg. The spot is also serving as a volunteer coordination center.

KSDK

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