Community still thankful after tornadoes

By Audrey Wise

November 27, 2013 Updated Nov 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill -- Area tornado survivors, volunteers and first responders are re-connecting in Washington over a meal.

Wednesday, Congressman Aaron Schock (R-18) and his team organized a fellowship thanksgiving luncheon.

He said it's a way to bring neighbors together again.

Even though it's hard, those in attendance say they are still thankful for so much.

"I'm grateful for everything that has been given to me, everything that I have received, the help, the love, the phone calls, everything," said tornado survivor Brooke Dingledine.

"It's amazing how thankful they are being for what's important, life, one another, our health. Most of the victims still have that," said Rep. Schock.

The Chicago Blackhawks CEO was also in attendance. The team paid for the lunch and donated $200,000 to the tornado relief fund.

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