Six people were killed and dozens other injured when tornadoes swept through Illinois this month.
Here’s how you can help:
Illinios Tornado Relief Effort
The Illinois Tornado Relief Effort, a campaign of the McCormick Foundation in partnership with WGN Radio, the Chicago Tribune and WGN TV, will support nonprofit agencies providing disaster relief and recovery efforts to those communities hit hardest by the tornado. The Foundation will match the first $500,000 raised at 50 cents on the dollar. All administrative costs are paid by the Foundation and Partners, allowing 100 percent of all funds raised, plus the match, to be granted directly to nonprofit organizations helping those most affected by the storm. The first round of grants will be distributed by the end of 2013.
Fundraising for this effort will continue through December 31, 2013. Only monetary donations are accepted. In kind gifts such as water, supplies, etc. cannot be accepted. Also, the Foundation does.
CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO THE ILLINOIS TORNADO RELIEF EFFORT
Before the storm was even at full strength, the Salvation Army had mobilized teams to areas that looked like they would need emergency food and shelter. These teams are dispersed across the region to offer nourishment, shelter and guidance to the needy. The Salvation Army has established a way to give immediately; you can contribute by texting STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
You can also send a check to The Salvation Army, 401 NE Adams, Peoria, Illinois 61603. Specify that you’re donation is for “November Tornado Relief.”
As is often the case, the Red Cross is one of the first groups to arrive and provide aid to victims of such terrible storms. The Central Illinois chapter of the Red Cross has established a shelter in the Illinois town of Washington. It also has activated the Safe and Well website to help in finding loved ones who may still be missing.
There are three easy ways to donate:
Online by visiting www.redcross.org
Calling 1-800-RED CROSS
Texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Be sure to specify Illinois Tornadoes and Storms when making donations.
The humanitarian organization vows to help even if it doesn’t deploy a full disaster response team. Jody Herrington-Gettys, director of domestic disaster relief for Operation Blessing, has pledged support to the region, saying it will partner with local churches and other groups and assist in aid efforts through grants and donations.
Team Rubicon is a group of veterans who come together after disasters to provide immediate relief and aid to rescue and recovery workers. It has already sent people to help clear debris in Washington, where many of the injuries occurred.
Washington & Central Illinois Tornado Relief & Recovery
This Facebook page has frequent updates on what you can give and how you can get it to the victims of the tornadoes in central Illinois.
Here is a list of locations that are excepting donations of supplies.
Diamond and Coal City Tornado Disaster Relief Fund
A tornado relief fund has been set up by The Village of Diamond at Mazon State Bank. Checks can be made payable to Diamond and Coal City Tornado Disaster Relief Fund. Please make donations there or mail donations to:
Mazon State Bank
2315 E Division St
PO Box 247
Diamond IL 60416
United Way of Grundy County
Support the disaster relief efforts of United Way of Grundy County by clicking on the “Give Now” button at www.UWGrundy.org.
In the “Focus Area” of the donation form, specify “Grundy County Tornado Relief.”
Tropical Tiki Hut (donations for victims in Coal City/Diamond IL)
100 Commerical DriveSuite 11
For more info, call: (815) 941-0488
List of donations needed: Non-perishable food items, Gift cards to Walmart-Target-Walgreens-CVS-Home Depot or Ace Hardware, Fruit,Bags of Chips, Snacks for sack lunches, Ziploc/Sandwich bags, Bottled water, Rubbermaid Totes, Cardboard boxes, Files with closeable tops for documents, Toys, Large Garbage Bags, Deodorant, Combs, Hair brushes, Toothbrushes, Tooth paste, Shampoo/Conditioner, Shaving Cream, Body Wash (Not soap at this time), Work Gloves, Buckets, Sponges, Cleaning rags, Dish soap, Mops, Towels, Baby Formula, Infant care items, Diapers, Bedding, Flashlights, Batteries – C, D and AAA, Manual can openers, Aspirin, Brown lunch bags, Sharpies, School supplies, Dog and Cat Food, Disposable coffee cups with lids, Duct Tape, Packing Tape to seal boxes, Tarps, Scissors, Toliet Paper, Paper Towels, Yellow Caution Safety Vests for Workers (to Diamond Village Hall)
Designing Image Salon (donations for victims in Coal City/Diamond IL)
702 Liberty Street
For more info, call: (815) 941-0408
Northern Illinois Food Bank
This organization is delivering supplies this week to the Coal City Food Pantry.
Donations can be made by visiting www.SolveHungerToday.org/HelpNow or by texting FOOD to 52000.
La Cabanita Mexican Restaurants
La Cabanita Mexican Restaurants will be accepting non-perishable foods, clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies at both locations.
118 Burr Ridge Parkway
Burr Ridge, IL
9438 Ogden Ave.
Brookfield, IL 708-387-9100.
Hours of drop off our 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Sunday till further notice. The restaurants are also offering 10% off food purchases if you help out.
Friends for Disaster Relief
This organization is accepting donations to volunteer with animal shelters, bring supplies to towns affected by the tornados and provide victims a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.
Go to http://friendsfordisasterrelief.org/ to donate.
Found items from the Washington Illinois and Diamond Illinois Tornadoes
Found something in your yard that belongs to someone in Washington or Diamond, Illinois? Post it to this Facebook page so that the owner can find it.
There’s also a Facebook page for missing pets.
The CNN Wire contributed to this report.
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