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.
• 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 Tornadoes & Storms."
• In East Peoria, an account is established at Fondulac Bank to help support residents affected by the storm. To contribute, visit the nearest Fondulac Bank at either 201 Clock Tower Drive or 2400 E. Washington St.
• 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.
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• Clothing donations are no longer being accepted and monetary donations are sought in Washington.
• According to the Washington Chamber of Commerce, the base for donations at Countryside Banquet Center has been overwhelmed and is at capacity for donations. Items are now at Sunnyland Plaza. Donations will be needed in one to two weeks from now, chamber officials said.
• AmeriCorps is began handling volunteer coordination Thursday. Affected homeowners may call 698-5001 to register their need for volunteers. Top priority is debris clean up needs. Individual volunteers may call 698-5002 to register as a volunteer, and volunteer groups may call 698-5003 to register the group. If residents have trouble getting through on the phone, keep trying or register at DisasterRecovery@tazewell.com
• Bethany Community Church is accepting volunteers to help in teams in Washington. Show up at 27265 Dutch Lane, get registered, get on a team, get orientated, and go. Sending teams from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
• 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 at https://www.facebook.com/ThreadsHopeLove for updated information.
• 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.
• Styx and REO Speedwagon announced that they are using their combined might to help raise funds for those affected by this tragedy. On Dec. 4, they will appear with special guests (to be announced shortly) at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington in a fundraiser: Rock To The Rescue Extends A Hand To Those In Need.
Page 3 of 3 - Funds will be earmarked for affected families in central Illinois communities that were left reeling in the wake of devastating tornadoes and winds. In order to maximize charitable proceeds, the artists, along with numerous vendors, crew and local staff, have generously forgone any personal compensation for the evening.
Tickets for this performance go on sale at www.ticketmaster.com for $58, $43 and $28 (tickets are subject to applicable service charges and event time and date are subject to change). Visit www.uscellularcoliseum.com/ for up-to-date information. Donations to Rock to the Rescue can be made at www.rocktotherescue.net.
• Qdoba restaurants are donating 20 percent of their sales from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 to benefit the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross. Participating locations include 1040 West Camp Ave. in East Peoria and 1216 W. Glen Ave. in Peoria.
• Buffalo Wild Wings in Peoria and East Peoria will be hosting a benefit Monday to raise funds for the recent tornado damage in Central Illinois. Both restaurants will be selling "Central Illinois Strong" T-shirts and accepting donations of any kind. A contribution from local franchise owners will also be included. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.
• The Peoria Symphony Orchestra is presenting a concert to benefit the central Illinois tornado victims at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Civic Center Theater. In collaboration with the Peoria Civic Center, proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross — Illinois Tornado Recovery. The concert will feature music from Handel's Messiah and will include musicians and vocalists from the region. All musicians and singers are invited to participate. If interested, call the PSO offices at 671-1096. More information is available at www.peoriasymphony.org. The Civic Center lobby will open at 6 p.m., where music will be performed by members of the Central Illinois Youth Symphony. Refreshments will be on sale provided by Centerplate Catering, with all proceeds going to the relief effort. Tickets are $20 and available by calling 671-1096, visiting the PSO box office located at 101 State St. or online at www.peoriasymphony.org. Tickets will also be available at the Civic Center Theater box office the evening of the performance beginning at 6 p.m. All seating will be general admission.
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