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Bank of America branches accepting donations for Campbell children

Edwardsville and Glen Carbon collect donations for orphaned kids

The Edwardsville, IL and Glen Carbon, IL communities in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO have rallied around the orphaned Campbell kids, who lost their parents and home March 16. The collection effort has filled four storage units and a 22-foo
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The Edwardsville, IL and Glen Carbon, IL communities in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO have rallied around the orphaned Campbell kids, who lost their parents and home March 16. The collection effort has filled four storage units and a 22-foo

Monetary donations to benefit the orphaned Campbell children will be accepted at any Bank of America branch location, according to an obituary in the Belleville News-Democrat for the deceased parents.

The Campbell Children’s Trust Fund will help pay for the children’s care and for future college education. Donations will also be accepted at Irwin Chapel in Glen Carbon and Granite City and Edwardsville School District 7 by contacting Adam Garrett, director of student services, at agarrett@ecusd7.org.

“Edwardsville School District 7 has already received numerous donations from the community and provided clothing and shoes, school supplies, bedding and other hygiene items to the students and family,” Superintendent Lynda Andre wrote in an email Monday morning.

People can also drop off gift cards to each of the District 7 schools in the main office and monetary donations to any TheBANK of Edwardsville location.

Seven brothers and sisters in the Campbell family were left without parents after their father died of a gunshot wound to the head and their mother drove into a nearby lake with her newborn baby in the vehicle. Cristy Campbell drowned but the infant was rescued by paramedic Todd Zobrist. Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn said there was no sign the gunshot to Justin Campbell’s head was self-inflicted.

Justin Campbell’s body was found in the Campbell’s badly burned home at 15 Dogwood Lane early Thursday morning.

A news release from Capt. T. Mike Dixon stated there was no new information to release about the incidents Monday afternoon as detectives continued to investigate.

A visitation for Justin and Cristy Campbell will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Irwin Chapel, located at 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon. Funeral services will follow.

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