- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—COAL CITY — The Back to School Expo in Coal City is seeing a slight shift in focus for this year.

In light of the June 22 tornado that damaged 884 properties, Help for Hope, at 1630 S. Broadway St., Coal City, is hosting the event with the same structure as previous years but is encouraging families affected by the tornado to attend.

The expo is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday and is sponsored by the Coal City Teachers’ Association, Coal City Food Pantry and Church of Christ Cherry Hill Disaster Relief.

It will provide free school supplies, a mobile food pantry and a Help for Hope open house. Families in need, tornado victims and community members in general are encouraged to attend.

“We’ve invited a lot of local organizations that have been helping to come out and provide information to people,” Help for Hope director Cathy Milne said.

Church of Christ Cherry Hill, of New Lenox, reached out to Milne to help provide furniture and appliances to those who met the criteria. Milne is waiting for the items to be picked up. Milne said the church’s headquarters in Tennessee reaches out to disaster areas and assess what service it can provide. “It was awesome,” she said.

Although there are services provided for families affected by the tornado, Milne said Help for Hope will still focus on many of the same people it has helped in recent years.

She said the organization strives to help those who struggle to make ends meet each year.

Help for Hope is a 24-7 help agency, Milne said. It provides necessities like cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products on a regular basis. The office hours are 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, but Milne wants people to know Help for Hope responds to those in emergency at all times of the day.

If your agency is interested in attending the Back to School Expo, setup will be between 2 to 4 p.m. at Help for Hope. There are limited tables and chairs, so if you have your own, please bring them. Please RSVP to Cathy Milne at 815-370-7817 by Thursday.


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