Local businesses helping victims of Dunlap house fire

By WEEK Producer

June 17, 2012 Updated Jun 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Local businesses are stepping up to help the Gardner-Jones family, victims of a house fire Saturday Night in Dunlap.

Owners of Apricot Lane in the Shoppes at Grand Prairie say a friend of the family called them earlier Sunday, and asked if they could donate clothing or other items. They decided to take the effort one step further, and are asking for your help.

"All of our customers and anybody in the community that would like to come in and help with this donation to the family, we're offering a 20% discount to our customers, and we're also just a drop-off sight. If you would like to help, come in and bring something that would help this family rebuild their lives," said Renee Dixon, co-owner of Apricot Lane Boutique.

Terri Gardner Jones is the owner of Reflections Tannery Salons in Peoria. Donations are also being accepted there.

Family friends tell us the items needed most include men's clothing, sizes X-L or 36 pants, men's clothing, size medium or 6 to 8, maternity clothes, and baby items, preferably for a baby girl.

Monetary donations are also being accepted.