Above / Rotary Clubs of Naperville coordinate collection for Hurricane Florence relief efforts. Banners and a large Cadence Premier Logistics trailer mark the spot of the collection site.

The community is welcome to help fill a trailer headed to the Carolinas with new items to assist Lumberton, NC, a city devastated by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Lumberton is located in an area that appears it could be threatened by significant rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Michael, too. 

The second week’s collection is planned from 8AM to 6PM Fri., Oct. 12 and again on Sat. 13, at the Garden Plots along West Street, across from Knoch Park.

Four Rotary Clubs of Naperville invite all service clubs, faith organizations, homeowners associations, businesses and individuals to join this community-wide service project by donating tarps, personal care items, nonperishable food items, dehumidifiers, bottled water and many other items listed at www.rcndowntown.com.

Rocky Caylor and Pat Bowler helped organize “Gaylord” cartons on the trailer for volunteers to fill with donations. On the first day of the collection, two Gaylords were filled to the brim with pet food and pet supplies.

Naperville resident Rocky Caylor, Partner, President/CEO of Cadence Premier Logistics, a company experienced in delivering emergency relief, has provided the 53-ft. trailer and the driver. The cost of fuel will be covered by the Illinois Trucking Association.

“In any operation or process, the start up is the key to success,” noted Caylor who had provided a list of packing needs such a Gaylord totes, boxes shrink wrap and markers. “Even in the rainy weather, I must say that Kevin McQuillan and Chuck Corrigan worked there tails off setting up, positioning skids, mounting totes, assembling boxes donated from Phoenix Closures.”

Caylor continued, “With the help from the pet lovers such as my neighbor, we filled more totes of pet food then human food. Then on day two, I couldn’t believe it when I heard a noise in the trailer that morning and it was Kevin again making sure that day two start up was as organized as day one. Wow!”

Members of Naperville’s four Rotary clubs as well as the Noon Lions Club showed to help, finding generous residents had filled their back seats and trunks with items provided on the list. 

According to Gary Baumgartner, some residents purchased one of nearly every item of the list!

Donate new items, please!

New items only will be collected, except for gently-used tools and ladders. No clothing will be accepted. 

When contacted on Monday, April Clark, Rotary District 7730 Governor in North Carolina, expressed gratitude for local efforts, mentioning the need for box fans and insect repellent, among all other items previously listed.

“Boxed fans, insect repellent, cleaning supplies, rakes, mops,  brooms, gloves are all items needed this stage of recovery,” Clark said. “…Thank you to all for what you are doing for our community.” 

Rotary District 6450 Governor Nominee Chuck Corrigan, a Rotarian and past president of the Rotary Club of Naperville/Downtown, is coordinating the Rotary connection in Lumberton, NC, with Clark.

Cooperation abounds. Thanks to Director of Recreation Brad Wilson at the Naperville Park District, arrangements were made to park the trailer for a week at the Garden Plots on West Street for the weekend collections. 

Thanks to Dawn Portner who informed organizers the wind had blown down the banner that marks the spot of the entrance to the Garden Plots along West Street. It’s up again!

Collection / 8AM-6PM Fri., Oct. 12, & Sat., Oct. 13, at Garden Plots along West Street.

For updates with photos and/or a long list of most-needed items for the collection, visit www.rcndowntown.com.

Shopping List of Most Requested Needs / Thanks!

Tarps, Dehumidifiers, 5-gallon Buckets, Cordless Power Tools, Shop Vacs, Hammers & Nails, Rubber Gloves, Dog Food & Cat Food, Paper Towels, Shop Rags, Adult Diapers

Baby Diapers, Baby Powder, Baby Wipes, Baby Formula, Empty Spray Bottles, Face (dust) Masks, Toothbrushes & Toothpaste, Shovels, Box Fans***, Sponges, Flashlights

Sanitary Napkins, Tampons, Batteries, Shampoo, Conditioner, Bedding (Blankets, Pillows, Sheets)***, Towels, Bibles, Hand Sanitizer

Bleach, Ladders, Bath Soap, Brooms, Laundry Detergent, Deodorant, Utility Knives, Contractor Tape, Trash Bags, Mosquito Repellent***, Portable Lights

Paper, Pens, Markers, Pencils & Pencil Sharpeners, Bottled Water  (NOTE! Absolutely no clothing in this collection drive.)

Note! Mesón Sabika will host fundraiser to benefit hurricane relief on Oct. 23 

Rotarian Hossein Jamali, owner of Mesón Sabika, will partner with Red Cross to host a fundraiser on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, for Hurricane Relief efforts. The restaurant will donate 100 percent of sales that day to aid victims of recent destructive floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters. Yes! 100 percent of sales!

Reservations for lunch or dinner on October 23 are now being accepted and can be made online at mesonsabika.com or by calling (630) 983-3000. Mesón Sabika is located at 1025 Aurora Avenue.