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Cubs, Bears, CSN support Illinois tornado victims

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

There's nothing like some team spirit to uplift the victims of Sunday's tornado disaster.

From the Chicago Bears to the Chicago Cubs, it seems like there are many athletes who want to help out the Washington High School football team.

It's not often a high school football game is broadcast on TV. But Illinois sports officials are making an exception, because of everything this town has been through. The Washington High School playoff game against Sacred Heart Griffin High School will be televised on Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.

You can use #TeamIL to raise awareness about Sunday's deadly tornado.

The towns devastated by the twisters may be some of the state's smallest, but they are seeing just how big the hearts of their fellow Illinois residents really are - and how some of Chicago's sports teams are uniting to help. You can too!

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Illinois tornado relief

When that EF-4 tornado hit the towns of Diamond and Washington, it leveled hundreds homes businesses and killed six people. The devastation left behind was mind blowing, But the nation saw the community come together and support each other to recover.

Current and former Bears players traveled to Coal City, rolled up their sleeves and got to work, volunteering their time to clean-up efforts. Bears charity Bears Care promised to match monetary donations dollar-for-dollar and set up an auction of game memorabilia where all proceeds went toward tornado relief. When they heard that the undefeated Washington football team lost their jerseys and equipment they jumped in to help.

The Chicago Cubs are also helping out. Through Friday, the Cubs are collecting donations to send to people who lost everything. If you would like to send supplies, you can drop them off at the Wrigley Field Purple Lot until 6 p.m. Thursday or from 8-11 a.m. on Friday. The items will be driven down to Peoria Friday afternoon.

Local television stations in Peoria, including FOX 32 News' sister station, came together to broadcast a special fundraiser with one goal: Raising as much money as possible to help the thousands of people who lost so much in just a matter of seconds.

FIND OUT MORE: Peoria-area TV stations host telethon for tornado victims

It's so inspiring to see Illinois come together in times of need.

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