ROCKFORD (WREX) – In the case of a natural disaster in Northern Illinois, the American Red Cross got a lot of help on Tuesday from high school students.
The Red Cross partnered with Rockford Lutheran School for a water collection project. The project was organized by Alpine Fireside Health Center to gather resources to provide relief to victims of natural disasters.
“It’s all in helping your neighbors is what it is,” said Mike O’Brien, who is an American Red Cross volunteer. “It’s just a good feeling being able to help and give back.”
Rockford Lutheran students originally wanted to collect 3,000 water bottles. They exceeded that goal by bringing in more than 8,000 water bottles for the project.
“We had a few students who actually brought who brought in 1,900 water bottles through the school,” said Gloria Okoroti, who is a junior at Rockford Lutheran. “It’s just a happy time to be serving, volunteering and doing stuff for our community.”
All of the water donated will be used for everyday relief as the Red Cross handles situations across Northern Illinois.