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Hands of Hope helps locally and nationally

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HERRIN-- Folks in Herrin are banding together to send aid to those affected by Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma.

The Hands of Hope Foundation of Southern Illinois got together to collect donations for those impacted by the storms.

One local pastor says coming together to give back is important especially after the support following storms in southern Illinois in recent years.

"Me personally as an individual, I can affect a household, maybe two. But as we unite together as we love our neighbor, we put our efforts together. Then we can go to Florida, to Texas, where Harvey has hit. Where Irma has hit and actually bring resurgence to those states," said Adam Ward, pastor of the Christian Life Church of Herrin.

Ward said since fundraiser plans for Harvey were already underway, they knew they had to add Irma.

With that, they will extend the deadlines for donations.

And people weren't just raising money and donations for those far away... but also here at home.

The House of Hope Fun Day took place Sunday afternoon to also raise money for a local soup kitchen that has helped many people across southern Illinois.

"Every dollar was donated. So whatever ticket people bought to ride it or to do it, everybody donated. Then every dollar is made and that does to fund the House of Hope. In the first five years, we served 102,000 people," said Troy Benitone, pastor of the Community Faith Church in Marion.

The House of Hope will kick off its sixth year of serving the community Monday.

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