PLAINFIELD - A school band on Wednesday will collect cash and gift cards to be used for feeding the dozen horses injured last week in a barn fire.
18 horses were killed early July 5 when a straw trailer caught fire at the Del Real Stables. One of the Del Real children is a band member at Plainfield South High School.
Band Director Jerrod Cook spoke with the Del Reals on Friday and asked if there was anything the community could do to help the 12 surviving horses that are receiving medical care for burns.
"The famiy said grain is the most immediate need. So I decided to try a 'food drive' for the horses," Cook said. "But once horses have an established diet, it's best for them to maintain that diet. So instead of having everyone bring in different types of grain, we're collecting to purchase (their type) of grain."
Cook will be at the school from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday to accept donations. Gift cards are sought from Farm & Fleet, Brothers Country Supply in Oswego and Rural King in Plano.
Anyone wishing to make a donation should go to Door Q on the west side of the Plainfield South building at 7800 Caton Farm Road in Joliet.