GILLESPIE, Ill. (KSDK) - ANavy veteran in the small town of Gillespie, Illinois is in desperate need of your help after his home was destroyed by a tornado.
Joe Zimmerman proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1985-89 but has since run into health problems including neuropathy and most recently blindness.
Zimmerman's ailments keep him from working and he can't afford insurance.
TheEF2 tornadothat tore through Gillespie twisted Zimmerman's home off its foundation while he was inside. He wasn't hurt, but the house has to be torn down.
Zimmerman's brother and sister have started a donation website in his name and are hoping for any help you can give.
"We're hoping to take all those donations and use it toward keeping the land and getting him a house that he can call home again and where he feels safe," said Joe's sister Janell Zimmerman.
"If it happened to one of us I'm sure he'd do whatever he could to help us," added Tom Zimmerman, Joe's brother. "So we're trying to do what we can to help him."
"Some people are helping out and I appreciate that. They don't know how much," said Joe Zimmerman.
So far more than $1,700 have been donated. Joe says right now most of that money is going toward keeping him in a motel in Staunton, Illinois.
Contractors have also volunteered to help rebuild Joe's home, they just need the materials to do it.
Ed. note: Since our story aired Sunday night donations have been pouring in. By Monday morning the total was over $5,300.