Robbie Gould, Bears help Coal City tornado victims
November 19, 2013 (COAL CITY, Ill.) (WLS) -- Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould traveled to Coal City Tuesday to help victims of the tornado outbreak in Coal City and Diamond.
Gould, along with fellow Bears Blake Costanzo and Sherrick McManus, joined American Red Cross volunteers serving lunch and distributing relief items at a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church.
Coal City was one of the areas hardest hit by storms that swept through Sunday.
"Anything that we can do to go down there as a group of guys to help out such great fans is pretty special," Gould said Monday at an event he held for his charity The Goulden Touch in Chicago's River North neighborhood. Gould said he would donate some of the proceeds from that event to the American Red Cross.
"When we can do things like we're doing today, we can help those people and give back, because if something ever were to happen to any of us, we would hope that our community would be this great. Our community has been amazing," volunteer Mari Franklin said.
Volunteers from the Rizal Center in Chicago's Lakeview also were set to arrive in the area to bring extra supplies and food that they collected last week for the victims of the deadly typhoon in the Philippines.
"I'm hoping to get help... the tornado hit the power lines, and we won't have power for three weeks. So we are heating our camper with stove propane, with what we have left," said Kimberly Manegold.
"I was one of the lucky ones that our house didn't get damaged, and I wanted to come here - this is my church - and help out these people," said Donna Bertheaume.
"i just like to help out and come in on a day off when there is distress. I have a day; it's paying it forward is the best way to say it," said Chandler Hope, Chicago volunteer.
"I'm in the medical field just like him, and for me to get to where I was, to get into the school where I wanted to, I had a lot of help from society," said Chris Yasmine, Carol Stream volunteer.
illinois tornadoes, chicago bears, chicago news
- Cardinal George: 'I expect to get through this'
- Search resumes Sunday for Malaysian jet
- Attempted abduction prompts community alert
- ABC7 First Alert Weather Forecast
- Child starts fire at Batavia apartment
- Mt. Prospect banquet hall closes suddenly
- Chase bank robbed on Northwest Side
- Cubs single-game tickets on sale
- 'Project Youth' provides lessons on teen pregnancy, more
- Bombing comment no threat to parade, police say
- Bill would ban SeaWorld orca shows in California
- Russia reinforces military presence in Crimea, Ukraine
- Dance marathon for Lurie Children's Hospital
- abcnews: Teens Help Save Man Stuck in Sewer