Washington Tornado Victims Enjoy Thanksgiving Lunch

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Help is pouring in from all over for the victims of deadly tornadoes that hit South Western Illinois a week and a half ago. NBC 5's Natalie Martinez reports.

    Victims of the tornado that ravaged Washington, Ill., were able to pause from picking up the pieces of their lives Wednesday to enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch.

    The event was held at a functioning library in the small town, and was attended to the likes of Gov. Pat Quinn and John McDonough of the Chicago Blackhawks.

    "We're humbled to donate $200,000 to the Washington Tornado Relief Fund and to help sponsor today's luncheon," McDonough said.

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    The outpouring of support wasn't lost on these tornado victims.

    "Things like this mean a lot at this time," Lance Coleman said.

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    Jessica Lutschg and her 5-year-old daughter, Kylie, are rebuilding their home thanks in part to a donation from nearby Pontiac Elementary School.

    "It's amazing," Lutscgh said. "I've met so many people. They're keeping me stronger by these hugs and prayers"

    Washington mayor Gary Manier said Wednesday the town plans to rebuild.