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How you can help after the tornadoes

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Many people are asking how they can help after a preliminary EF4 tornado hit Saline County, Illinois killing six people.  One man was killed outside Puxico, Missouri in an EF3 tornado.

Three other tornadoes have been confirmed in the Heartland.


Those wanting to volunteer can call VOLUNTEER HOTLINE:(757) 374-0944 or 618-294-9600.

Those needing help can call HOMEOWNER HOTLINE: (757) 274-8650 or 618-294-9400.

People still wanting to donate items are asked to limit them to: Cleaning Supplies, Trash Bags, Rakes, Gloves, and financial donations.  All supply donations are being collected at the former "Mad Pricer" Grocery Store starting Wednesday, March 7.  It is located at 701 N. Commercial, in the Arrowhead Shopping Center in Harrisburg.

  • Contact: Dan & Lisa Masters / Ministerial Alliance / 618-499-1050.
  • Chris Winkleman / 618-841-4456

Donations can still be made to: (Including financial)

  • Salvation Army / 10 W. Poplar St / Harrisburg IL / Manager Nicole Stricklin / 618-253-4421
  • American Red Cross / 665 N. Airport Rd, Ste 112 / Murphysboro, IL / 800-272-2984
  • Southern Illinois Community Foundation / Checks may be dropped off at any branches of Bank of
  • Marion, People's National Bank, Legence Bank, Farmer's State Bank, First Southern Bank.

Saline County Animal Control / 941 Bauman Lane/ Harrisburg is still picking up and housing pets that lost their homes in last week's tornado. Anyone searching for a pet may check the Animal

Control Shelter. Also, Stiltmore Kennels / 906 Dillard Street / Eldorado is also housing some pets from last week's storm. Both locations can use some assistance with pet supplies and financial donations. Some of the recovered pets have also had medical issues that are having to be addressed as well.

The "Mad Pricer" located at 701 N. Commercial St. is the location for donated supplies, both the drop off and pick-up point. Items that are needed include rakes, shovels, gloves, trash bags, tarps and clean-up supplies.

The Harrisburg Police officers started a fund for any child affected by the tornado.

FOP Lodge#152.  The fund was started March 7 had already grown to more than $2,000 the next morning. Donations can be made to Harrisburg FOP lodge #152, PO Box 152, Harrisburg, IL

All volunteers in Harrisburg must register at the SIC Foundation building on North Commercial St. starting at 7 a.m. on March 1.  Do not go to the fire department to volunteer.

Anyone that needs help with debris removal, clean-up and or blue roofs need to fill out a
work request for free help at the following location:

The Foundation Building at 540 North Commercial Street  in Harrisburg. The number is 618-294-
9400 and will be open Monday-Saturday 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m.

Tetanus shots will be available at the Southeastern Illinois Foundation Building beginning Saturday.

Trees and limbs may be taken to the Harrisburg Railroad yard on North Veterans Drive. All other
debris must be taken to a landfill. The City of Harrisburg will not remove storm debris from the

United Mine Workers of America Local 5929 is operating a food pantry for tornado victims in the southern Illinois area. They say anyone wishing to donate non-perishable food items such as: (canned goods, snacks, crackers, candy bars, chips, bottled water, Gatorade and soda) can donate Monday-Friday  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The building is located at the end of the main hall in the SIC Foundation Building at 540 North Commercial Street Suite 101 in Harrisburg. For questions contact the union at 618-252-8500.

Harrisburg Police Chief Bob Smith says Rural King and the SIC foundation building are set up as meeting areas for manpower and equipment. Rural King of Carbondale is accepting chainsaws.

The city is issuing work permits at Rural King. The city treasurer is issuing the permits.  Those with chainsaws can meet at Rural King in Harrisburg to help cut people out of debris.  Volunteers must bring identification and proper paperwork.  Volunteers can call 618-252-3732 to find out how to help.  Those permits were put in place to protect the residents.

The Southern Illinois Community Foundation has set up a Harrisburg disaster relief fund.  Contributions can be made to this fund at all branches of the following banks:  The Bank of Marion, Peoples National Bank, Legence Bank, Farmer's State Bank, First Southern Bank and the Bank of Carbondale. You can make checks payable to Southern Illinois Community Foundation (or SICF) and in the memo line note Harrisburg Disaster Relief Fund. For information contact 618-997-3700 or on the web at

Disaster Relief Coordinator Phone number in Saline County (618) 252-3732

The Salvation Army says canteens are set up in Harrisburg at various locations.

  • If you need FOOD OR SHELTER please go to the FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH at 204 North Main Street.
  • If you need a SHOWER FACILITY you can go to the Little Chapel Church on Highway 34 North.
  • You can find PORTABLE RESTROOM FACILITIES throughout the affected area.
  • You can pick up SUPPLIES at the SIC Foundation. You must bring your ID and the city issued yellow pass card. If you live in the affected area you may obtain the city issued ID card at the SIC Foundation area.
  • If you need VOLUNTEER LABOR please call Disaster Relief and Disaster Training at 294-9400.
  • If you need TRANSPORTATION to any of these facilities please call Rides Mass Transit at (618) 926-1179.

You can donate directly by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by going to their website. You can also text  the word ARCH to 80888 to make a $10 donation (carrier fees may apply).

The Murphysboro Chamber of Commerce is participating in a support capacity for the area Tornado victims. We, along with Bost Truck Service have offered donation collection, secure trailer, and transportation service to the coordinating agencies, if needed. The Saline County Disaster relief agency contact number listed below will let us know if these services are needed.

In the interim, the Little Egypt Network of Red Cross is the Murphysboro collection point for donations. Their address is 665 N. Airport Road Suite 112 at the Southern Illinois Airport, or by calling (618) 529-1525, or on their website  Checks can be made out to the American Red Cross and mailed to the office at 665 N. Airport Road, Suite 112, Murphysboro, Ill., 62966. The phone number is 618/529-1525. Write "Southern Illinois Relief Effort" in the memo section of the check.

Also, VNA - TIP Healthcare is accepting donations at their Murphysboro locations, 702 Chestnut and 707 Walnut.

Donations may be made to the Red Cross at the First Baptist Church, The Salvation Army at 10 West Locust in Harrisburg or Christian Compassion Care Center at PO Box 422 in Harrisburg.

Helitech Waterproofing and Foundation Repair, headquartered in St. Louis has employees with friends and family in the Harrisburg area.  Helitech plans to send trucks, earth moving equipment and people to the stricken area to serve their neighbors and help begin the healing process. If you want to if you would like to volunteer to join Helitech in this effort, they are inviting you to join them at their Marion, IL office Friday, March 2 at 7 a.m.

The United Way of South Central Illinois, located at 1101 Broadway in Mt. Vernon (the Old Integra Bank Building) will serve as a drop off site for items for the tornado victims in Harrisburg, IL.

The United Way office in Marion will serve as a collection site.  They are working to collect funds and supplies and will coordinate with our Saline Co Advisory Board, American Red Cross and other local organizations to distribute the funds/items and help them with whatever they need. 

Southern Illinois University Carbondale students, faculty and staff who wish to assist residents of the Harrisburg area may donate non-cash supplies, such as non-perishable food items, bottled water and toiletries, on campus beginning Friday, March 2.

Saluki Athletics will be collecting donations for Harrisburg residents this Saturday in conjunction with the Coach B Classic at Charlotte West Stadium. All fans and community members are welcome to drop off items needed including bottled water, cleaning supplies, hygiene products and non-perishable food items. Items will be donated to the First Baptist Church in Harrisburg, which is acting as a relief center for those in need.  Game times for Saturday's tournament begin at 10 a.m. and run through 6 p.m. All donations will be accepted during that time.

Donation boxes will be available at: Agriculture Building Room 200; Rehn Hall Room 113; Student Center, under the north escalator (across from the Information Center); Student Recreation Center, near the equipment desk; Trueblood Hall, near the dining room; Lentz Hall, near the dining room; Colyer Hall on Greek Row; and Evergreen Terrace, near the laundry room.

The campus drive will run until Friday, March 9.

Newman Catholic Student Center, near the Student Recreation Center, is accepting donations of supplies, including bottled water, Gatorade, soap, laundry soap, food vouchers, shampoo, personal toiletry items for babies and adults, and individual bagged snack items. It is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Legence Bank, 946 Fourth St., Harrisburg; 618/272-2271; needed items include bottled water, non-perishable food items, towels, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste and other personal hygiene items for adults and babies.

Fowler Heating and Cooling, 423 S. Court St., Marion; 618/997-5288; needed items include bottled water, Gatorade, soap, laundry soap, food vouchers, shampoo, individual bagged snack items. The business is accepting donations all week, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Salvation Army (618/253-4421), Saline Pantry (618/252-2374) and the Harvest Center (618/252-0009), all in Harrisburg, are accepting toiletries and non-perishable food items.

A shelter is available at the Golden Circle Senior Center in Ridgway.

Harrisburg Church of God will hand out relief supplies delivered by Feed The Children this week to help storm victims. Food and cleaning supplies will be given to residents who present an identification card and proof of residency at Land Street Church of god 505 S. Land St. in Harrisburg. Volunteers from Harrisburg Church of God will be distributing boxes of food and essentials to families beginning at 8 a.m. March 7.

On Monday, Feed The Children delivered a semi truck full of food and cleaning supplies to help Southern Illinois storm victims. Feed The Children will continue to monitor the situation and will respond with food, personal care and cleanup supplies as long as there is a need. Additional items needed for disaster response include water, diapers, baby food, ready-to-eat meals, cleaning supplies and tools. Companies interested in making product or cash donations can contact the Feed The Children corporate relations department at 800-627-4556. Monetary donations to provide disaster relief can also be made at or by texting "Disaster" to 80888.

Additional items needed for disaster response include water, diapers, baby food, ready-to-eat meals, cleaning supplies and tools. Companies interested in making product or cash donations can contact the Feed The Children corporate relations department at 800-627-4556. Monetary donations to provide disaster relief can also be made at or by texting "Disaster" to 80888.

Stop in the Metropolis Mayor's Office or the City Clerk's Office and donate a $1 for Disaster Relief. They will be donating all monies collected to the Mayor's of both Ridgeway and Harrisburg.  They will put donators' names on their windows and proudly display their support for our neighbors.


The Kinder Chapel General Baptist Church at 11218 State Highway K north of Puxico is providing shelter for those that need it. Aaron Lingle says it can house 20-30 people. He says anyone can take shelter, and get food or water. He says people in the area are close knit and help each other out.

The Red Cross is providing food and water to residents and emergency workers in Oak Ridge as they work on cleaning up from the storm damage.

The Cape Girardeau canteen is set up at Wal-Mart at 710 Commercial. According to the Salvation Army, donation checks maybe mailed to PO Box 21787 St. Louis, MO 63109.

There is a fund set up in the name of Sandra Hemby at first Midwest Bank in Puxico. Hemby, 55, was in the trailer with 50-year-old Mark Champlin who was killed near Puxico when storms hit.

Both were thrown from the home and flown to the hospital. Champlin was pronounced dead on Feb. 29.  Meanwhile, Hemby has had extensive surgeries and lost everything in the storm.

Trendy Kids Consignment Sale is turning their semi-annual Children's consignment sale into a Fundraiser for Harrisburg, Illinois tornado relief. The Spring Sale on March 22 – 24 in Perryville MO will donate a percentage of sale proceeds and unsold children's items to relief efforts in Harrisburg.   The Trendy Kids sale will be open to the public at the American Legion Colonnade Room - 98 Grand Avenue on Thursday, March 22 & Friday, March 23 from 7am - 7 pm, and on Saturday, March 24 from 7am - 6 pm.


In the wake of the severe weather and tornado outbreaks across Kentucky, Kentucky State Police posts and headquarters will serve as designated drop off site for items needed in devastated communities.

The need has arisen for a reputable location that citizens feel comfortable leaving donations at, knowing they will reach the people in most need. Items will be evenly distributed to all communities impacted. Collection of items will be starting tomorrow (Tuesday, March 6, 2012) and will continue through Sunday, March 10, 2012.

Monetary donations are not encouraged. Anyone who wishes to contribute monetarily should contact an organization such as Red Cross.

We have compiled a list of resources for the recovery effort and they are listed below.

List of items needed:

1. Leather gloves

2. Shovels

3. Rakes

4. Thermoses

5. Batteries

6. Flashlights

7. Coffee pots

8. Antibiotic cream

9. Band-aids

10. First aid kits

11. Soap

12. Body wash

13. Bottled hand soap/hand sanitizer

14. Deodorant

15. Feminine products

16. Shampoo/cream rinse

17. Shaving cream/razors

18. Toothbrushes/toothpaste

19. Bath towels/washcloths

20. Baby formula

21. Baby food

22. Baby diapers (all sizes)

23. Baby blankets

24. Bottles

25. Toilet paper

26. Styrofoam cups

27. Cleaning supplies such as bleach, mops, brooms and buckets

28. Laundry detergent

29. Plastic goods (cups and cutlery)

30. Paper goods (plates, napkins, towels and bowls)

31. Disposable gloves (rubber or latex)

32. Trash bags (all sizes)

33. Cat and dog food

34. Plastic containers

35. Blankets

36. Gift cards

37. Bottled water

38. Non-perishable food items

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