Central Illinois residents are rallying behind those who were in the path of the tornado hitting Washington, East Peoria and Pekin.
Residents are gathering items, hosting fundraisers and making monetary donations to help those affected.
"Help on the Homefront" runs from 7-10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 on WTVP. WEEK, WHOI, WAOE and WMBD also will be participating from 7-8 p.m. The program benefits the Red Cross Illinois Tornado Relief Effort.
• To aid in financial assistance for long-term recovery efforts, monetary donations can be made payable to one of the following three funds through Morton Community Bank: City of Washington, Washington Rotary Foundation or Washington High School. Donations by check or cash may be made at any Morton Community Bank location throughout Central Illinois. Checks may also be mailed to: Morton Community Bank, 721 West Jackson St., Morton, IL 61550.
• To donate to the Salvation Army, call (800) 725-2769, go online at www.saheartland.org, or mail to: The Salvation Army-Disaster Relief, 401 NE Adams St., Peoria, IL 61603. Make checks payable to "The Salvation Army" and clearly marked "November Tornado Relief." Residents also can also text the word "GIVEHEART" to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word "Yes."
• To donate to the American Red Cross, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcross.org to make a donation. Tell them the donation is to go to the central Illinois tornado response.
• The Kroger Central Division activated its disaster response fund-raising program across Illinois. Customers may donate using $1, $3 or $5 scans. There is no limit to donations. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross and they will determine the best allocation of resources in each local community. Donations will be accepted until midnight Saturday, Nov. 23.
• Morton Chamber of Commerce is collecting funds for the American Red Cross online through http://www.crowdrise.com/TornadoReliefCI for all three communities.
• The Heart of Illinois United Way has established a Tornado Relief Fund.
"We are accepting donations through the Tornado Relief Fund at the request of many of our donors and corporate partners who are seeking an efficient and accountable way to assist with the relief effort," Michael Stephan, President of the Heart of Illinois United Way, said in a press release.
To send a check, make it payable to the Heart of Illinois United Way and mail to: Tornado Relief Fund, c/o Heart of Illinois United Way, 509 W. High St., Peoria, IL 61606. To make a donation online, visit www.hoiunitedway.org/HOIUW-tornado-relief-fund.php
• Donations to the American Red Cross for tornado relief in East Peoria, Washington and Pekin will be accepted during the Parade of Lights on Nov. 23. The radio stations of the JMP Radio Group will not only be describing the floats during the parade but will also collect donations for the American Red Cross' tornado relief fund. The radio stations will be set up at the following areas: 1470 and 100.3 WMBD will be at East Peoria Community High School; Lite Rock 107 will be at the corner of Washington and Camp streets; 93.3 The Drive will be at the corner of Springfield Road and Washington Street; and 104.9 The Wolf will be at Main and Washington streets.
• Clothing donations are no longer being accepted, and according to the Washington Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday afternoon, only monetary donations are sought.
• All volunteers should email DisasterRecovery@tazewell.com — do not call 925-2271 or 925-5511.
• The Washington-based nonprofit Threads, Hope and Love is looking for skilled volunteers who can work with drywall and concrete, and will soon announce additional ways to help. Visit their Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/ThreadsHopeLove for updated information.
• Castaway's in Chillicothe is hosting a dinner fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday. Twenty percent of the dine in and carry-out sales will assist those in Washington. A truck is parked out front for donations of items for the families of Washington and will be on site until Thursday afternoon. Castaways is located at 1707 N. Fourth St.
• Papa Murphys in Morton — 50 percent of all proceeds from sales on Thursday, Nov. 21
• The Safari Bowl in Morton will be donate $1 from every game and shoe rental to the American Red Cross Illinois Relief Fund for Washington from Friday evening to Sunday evening. They will also be a drop off site for donations on the donation list that the volunteers need this coming week.
• The Grand Day of Giving will be at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Shoppes at Grand Prairie is focusing their annual Grand Day of Giving on the victims of the tornadoes that tore through the region Nov. 17. Bring a donation to the Shoppes Management Office from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and residents will receive a special gift (one per customer), along with a list of store specials, just for participants.
The Shoppes will be accepting donations for: Coats for Kids — new or gently used coats, local food pantries — non-perishable food items; and The Red Cross — monetary donations.
• Georgetown Middle School Band's second annual Craft/Vendor Show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at the school, 51 Yates Road, Marquette Heights. They will be collecting items to be donated to the Pekin tornado victims. More than 40 crafters and vendors participating. Includes crafts, face painting, bake sale, food, music and more. The event supports the GMS band.
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