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Lansing resident collecting items on Friday to donate to Kentucky tornado response

Item drive at Lansing Municipal Center, Friday, December 17, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (December 16, 2021) – Lansing resident Russ Doszak is collecting non-perishable items of all sorts on Friday, December 17, before driving his trailer south to Bowling Green, Kentucky. Doszak will donate the items to the tornado response effort.

Toward the end of last week, tornadoes tore through Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and surrounding states, leaving many properties — and lives — torn apart.

Doszak hopes that he can help some of the affected families and organizations by contributing needed items to the ongoing tornado relief efforts in the state.

“I was just brought up that way — if you can do whatever you can for somebody else, do it,” he said.

Doszak said he has a brother who lives in Bowling Green, adding, “His house is ok, but a few blocks away, the houses are just leveled.”

Doszak helped in a similar way in response to the Washington, Illinois, tornadoes in 2013.

Time, place, items needed

The item drive will take place on Friday, December 16, in the east lot of the Village of Lansing Municipal Center, located at 3141 Ridge Road. The drive will run from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Lansing residents are invited to donate.

Doszak said the items most needed are non-perishable food items and basic necessities, but other suggested donations include:

  • Ready-to-eat non-perishable food
  • Baby products such as diapers and formula
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Clothing basics such as underwear, socks, and t-shirts
  • Pet food
  • Blankets, pillows, etc.
  • Non-electric gadgets such as can openers, scissors, and others
  • Hair brushes, hair ties, and other related products.

All items should be new, Doszak said.

“I’m taking a 25-foot trailer. The goal is to fill it, but we’ll see what we get,” Doszak said.

The Village of Lansing Municipal Center is located at 3141 Ridge Road.


Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


  1. This is a perfect example of the wonderful things happening in Lansing. The residents are kind and compassionate. Love this !!
    Sending prayers for safe traveling mercies and for those affected by the recent tornadoes.

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