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Eastern Iowa animal hospital collecting donations to help Washington, IL. tornado victims

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

An eastern Iowa animal hospital is collecting donations for those impacted by the tornado that swept through Washington, Illinois last month. Colonial Terrace Animal Hospital in Dubuque began a donation drive a week after seeing the images of the distraction to central Illinois.

Lavonne Hess is a receptionist for the Colonial Terrace Animal Hospital. She says those images hit close to him.

"I got a call from my daughter and she said 'mom, we were just hit by a tornado, but we are okay.'" Hess said Thursday afternoon.

Hess says it was that call that made her want to help.

"I was just grateful that she was okay. Like her, we just want to reach out and help others." Hess said.

The donation drive called "Tots and Pets" is collecting children's toys as well as toys for pets. The donation drive will continue until noon on Friday. Donations can be dropped of at the Colonial Terrace Animal Hospital.

Hess says she will be taking those donations to Washington, Illinois Friday evening. Those toys will then be dispersed to families in need by Secret Santa organizers in Washington, Illinois.

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