But now, the Suchy family has been left without a home — and friends are stepping up to help.
Jonnie Adams Mellen said an effort is under way collect clothing and other essentials for the family, whose home at 131st Street burned early Sunday.
Items that are needed include clothing, school supplies and gift cards for the son, a freshman at Plainfield North, and daughter, a fourth-grader at Walker's Grove, according to Mellen.
Along with gift cards and school supplies, the following clothing sizes are needed:
- Shirt - men's medium
- Pants - 29X32 (34 if possible) pants
- Shoes - 10.5-11
- Shirt - size 10-12 or children's large shirt
- Pants- size 12 pants
- Shoes - size 4
- Shirt - size L or XL
- Pants - 36X30
- Shoes - 10.5
Drop off locations
- Plymouth Congregational Church, 24022 W Lockport St., Plainfield
- 4524 Oriole Ln., Plainfield (off of Route 59/Theodore and south of Caton Farm Road)
- 22145 Plymouth Cr., Plainfield, (Lakewood Falls near Weber Road)
- 2604 Bayberry Ct., Joliet 60435.