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Donations the Size of Two Semi Trucks

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Last week's tornado has many people leading the way to recovery. Scott Pearl of Monticello is one them. He is hosting a food and goods donation drive for Gifford and Washington and wants to prove that you can never give too much.

"It was time to do something for our locals right here out our back door," said Pearl. "So I put together something and through it out on Facebook, talked to some people, and boom. Next thing you know we've got two semis to load. We're looking out for the Gifford folks and the Washington folks.

This isn't the first time Pearl has organized a relief effort. He ran a similar donation drive for the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes last may.

"I woke up one day and thought we need to do something for Oklahoma. Didn't really know what to do so I put it on Facebook and I was bombarded."

Planning these drives is only half the job. The other half belongs to the community.

"It's been really good, the turn out we've had. We've redirected a little bit. Less clothing this time. More of the nonperishable goods, totes, rakes, shovels, and stuff. More that's actually needed for the clean-up purposes."

Kendra Humphrey of Bement was one of the many that came out to donate.

"it's always important to help people," said Humphrey. "Sometimes it might be you one day who needs that help so it's always good to give."

If you want to donate, you still have time. Pearl will be collecting tomorrow from 7am to 6pm. The location is 850 West Bridge Street in Monticello, right across the street from Calvary Baptist Church.

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