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Mission Hurricane Harvey

Ivy League and Kids Fit Foundation are on a mission to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The category 4 hurricane crashed into the Texas coast, devastating families and businesses. Tragically, at least twenty people have been reported dead, and estimates place the total cost of property damage and lost business in the billions. This is a devastating catastrophe for the US and we want to use our resources to help in any way we can.

Our Executive Director, Joe Evans, has decided to put together a small team to drive 16 hours to Texas to help the families in need. We are planning to bring our truck and our STEM trailer full of food, supplies and basic essentials.

“I woke up this morning realizing I need to put my efforts to helping families get back on their feet,” said Evans. “My heart goes out to all the victims in the tragedy and I couldn’t sit back and just watch it on television. I’m hoping to go to Texas and even if I only help one family, the trip down will be worth it.”

Our goals are to feed one thousand people each day that are working on putting their household and lives back together, create an atmosphere of positive support and provide simple essentials for comfort.

All in-kind donations will be accepted until Friday, September 1st by 6:00pm or Monday from noon-5pm. Please bring donations to the Ivy League Rec Center.

In-kind donation we’re accepting (in-kind or monetary):

  • $4 case of water/non-perishable food
  • $5 feeds 5 family members and disaster relief teams lunch
  • $10 Cleaning Supplies
  • $14 case of Bleach
  • $18 Large bag of Dog/Cat food
  • $20 Diapers
  • $22 fills a generator with fuel
  • $500 “Sponsor a Worker's Travel”

Questions or want to join our efforts? Call us at 815-464-1265 x 218 or email

Total Raised So Far: $4,110

60% Complete (success)

A big thanks to our donors:

$ Donor Company Message
1,000 Joey's Red Hots
300 Pete's Fresh Market Gift Card
200 Thomas Norton RainSoft of Chicago
200 Anonymous
200 Anonymous Safe travels and thank you
150 Anonymous God bless everyone
100 Kris O'Conner
100 Billy Cullen Sharlen Electric Co.
100 Bridget McCann Our hearts go out to everyone!
100 Sean Maguire Agora Grill Inc. Good job guys! Thanks
100 Anonymous
100 Scott Erickson
100 Deborah Babczak
50 Joeseph Barry
50 Anonymous
50 Anonymous
50 Anonymous Safe travels to Texas! Thanks Joe!
50 Anonymous
50 Brittany Bailey
50 Arnie Strzelinski Cash for Harvey mission
50 Keith Miller Donated for Paula Quinlan
50 Anonymous Thanks for helping
40 Anonymous Safe travels and thinking of those you will help.
40 Kimberly Logan
35 Jacob Ziada
30 James Ayers Jimi
25 Anonymous Thank you for helping to keep children safe.
25 Anonymous
25 Anonymous
25 Anonymous
25 Heather Wallerstedt
25 Anonymous
25 Francine Surbaugh
25 Anonymous
25 Anonymous
25 Andrea King
20 Michael Gigliotti Payroc
20 Anonymous
20 Anonymous
20 Anonymous
20 Mark Filipkowski
10 Brandon Ehmen
10 Melanie Hayes
Jose Rangel Lifetime Fitness In-Kind Donation of Pallets of water, food, basic essentials
Margaret Morrissey In-Kind Donations of supplies & $300 in Walmart Gift Cards
Sharen Robertson In-Kind Donations of supplies & $300 in Walmart Gift Cards
Karen Taylor In-Kind Donations of supplies & $300 in Walmart Gift Cards