WHERE AND HOW TO DONATE:
People can donate money to The Tornado Relief CI Fund through the America Red Cross - 1-800-REDCROSS or viawww.hoiunitedway.org for a one-time donation.
Bradley University students, staff and faculty may now use Dining Dollars to make donations to the tornado relief effort. Donate up to $25 from your Dining Dollars account to buy supplies for the recovery effort. Tell your cashier at campus dining facilities, if you would like to make a donation. Seebradley.edu/tornadorelief for details on many more ways to get involved in the relief effort.
The Salvation Army is also collecting monetary donations at saheartland.org. Donors can also text the word, STORM, to 80888 to donate $10 via their cell phone bills. Donation can also be made by calling 1-800-725-2769.
The Washington Rotary Club Foundation and the Rotary District 6460 Foundation are accepting monetary donations for those impacted by the November 17th tornado. Checks can be made payable to Washington Rotary Foundation and mailed to 2075 Washington Rd, Washington, IL 61571. Those mailing checks to the Rotary 6460 Foundation should do so to this address:
Rotary District 6460
P O Box 311
Springfield, Ill 62705-0311
Checks should note that they are for the tornado disaster.
Where to Donate Items:
Washington Chamber says there is not any more room in the city for donations. It's asking people to donate money instead of items. But some places are still collecting items:
The Morton Park District is collecting items for the Washington Park District - Play Dough, Barbies, toy cars, foam balls, puzzles, kids movies, children's card games, board games for children 4-12 years of age, rainbow loom activity items. In addition they will accept school book bags and lunch bags to distribute to children in the next couple of weeks. Bring items to the Morton Park District office, 349 W. Birchwood, from 8:30 -12:00 noon & 1:00 -5:00 pm (Mon.- Fri.) or the indoor soccer facility, 324 Detroit, during games on Friday (5:30-8:00 pm), Saturday (8:30am-8:00pm) and Sunday (2:30-8:00pm). Items can also be delivered directly to the Washington Park District, 105 S. Spruce St, in Washington.
Bradley University will host a supply drive through Monday, November 25, during regular hours of operation at the Markin Recreation Center. University students and staff will collect toiletries, bottled water, Gatorade, and non-perishable food items .
Brewers Distributing is hosting a Blood Drive on Monday, November 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Brewers Distributing Company Hospitality Room, 2412 W. Townline Road, Peoria, IL, 61615 (phone: 309-692-2883).
Velde Ford of Pekin will be hosting a Christmas Party at its dealership for families in Pekin, East Peoria, Washington and the surrounding area’s directly affected by the area’s recent storms. The Special Holiday Event will take place at Velde’s main showroom in Pekin on Saturday, December 7th from 4:30-8:00pm. To give every child in attendance a new toy from Santa, Velde Ford is mounting a MASSIVE TOY DRIVE for the children with a goal of over 1,000 toys. Toys for all ages are needed by Dec. 5th to ensure that each child receives a gift. Toys must be new and unwrapped. Companies, organizations, agencies, and individuals that want to contribute can drop their toys at the main showroom in Pekin or packages can be sent to their facility c/o Velde Ford – 2200 N. 8th Street, Pekin, IL. 61554.
The Peoria Chiefs is hosting an online auction at www.peoriachiefs.com with all proceeds going to help those in the surrounding communities. The auction includes autographed baseballs from Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Greg Maddux and David Freese along with an autographed Ryne Sandberg Hall of Fame program. So far other items have been pledged from St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs players, plus numerous former Chiefs along with items from local businesses and other Minor League Teams.
Americorp is coordinating volunteers for the recovery efforts. Individual Volunteers should contact 309-698-5002 while groups of Volunteers and Equipment Usage should contact 309-698-5003
Volunteers for the relief efforts are also being accepted by Samaritan's Purse. Sign up to volunteer at spvolunteernetwork.org and find more information on their Facebook page at spvolunteernetwork.org/facebook
Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in East Peoria is seeking volunteers to help with a tornado relief effort. Call (309) 694-4433.
Central Illinois residents who are seeking non-emergency assistance can call the Heart of Illinois 2-1-1 information and referral line (just dial 211 or 309-999-4029) to be referred to vital services in their area. The Heart of Illinois 2-1-1 is a partnership between the United Way and Advanced Medical Transport and is available to provide assistance and answer questions 24/7. Information for tornado relief resources is constantly being updated, so we encourage callers to check back frequently.