Caring neighbor spearheads effort to help landslide families rebuild

By Marshanna Hester

Caring neighbor spearheads effort to help landslide families rebuild

May 19, 2013 Updated May 19, 2013 at 10:54 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill -- Four East Peoria families whose homes are teetering on a landslide are getting help to put their lives back on stable ground.

Heavy rain caused the damage, leaving these houses uninhabitable.
 
Neighbor Jami Renfrow is organizing a benefit called "Landslide, Ride and Fundraiser."
 
There will be an auction, live music, food and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. The city of East Peoria donated the FOLEPI building for the event.
 
Renfrow says the four families need $750,000 to make repairs and get back in their homes.
 
"Just kind of visualize if this was your home and your family was completely out and had nothing, what would you want?" said Renfrow. "Absolutely you would want, you would hope and pray that people would step forward and come to help."
 
"For a city to step up and say these are our neighbors. We care about them. We want to make sure we can help them," said Ron Hoyle who is assisting with fundraiser. "People from the city council have contacted Jami and said whatever we can do to help, whatever leverage we can give you, whatever doors we can open for you, we can't thank them enough for that."
 
Renfrow is need of donations for food, drinks and live auction items to make the June 1st event a success. You can also make a monetary gift and pre-order t-shirts.
 
For more information, visit www.operationstableground.com.