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Game Day: Illini Fans Collect Money For Tornado Relief
As some fans pulled out their tickets to be scanned, others pulled out their wallets.
Red Cross Volunteers stood at each corner of Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois asking fans to set aside the differences, during the football season finale and donate to tornado relief.
"Just about everybody is fully aware of what's happened. And people are coming right up to us and wanting to give what they can," said Chris Kaler, general manager of Frontier Communications.
The company provides telephone service throughout Illinois, including the communities devastated by the Nov. 17 tornado.
"We see the great work the Red Cross is doing and we wanted to get out and support those communities through the efforts of the Red Cross," he added.
Illini Fan Dennis Beard said he donated because it could have been him. Beard used to live in Washington.
"You look at the map of the aerial photos of the damage and wonder if the condominium we used to live in might have just gotten wiped out what would have happened had that happened while we were there.You know, that's an eerie feeling."
But right outside the stadium doors, there was a feeling of togetherness. And a chance for fans to show a different type of support.
"We looked at it as an opportunity for our fans, to give them a chance to donate to tornado relief and the Red Cross has done a great job of providing a lot of that support," said Kent Brown, U of I associate athletics director.
ABC NewsChannel 15's Kim Shine reports.