How to help Midwest tornado victims: Red Cross, Salvation Army, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Chicago Cubs

November 18, 2013 (CHICAGO)

"We want to make sure people are getting the aid they need as quickly as possible. . . with every asset we have," Gov. Quinn said, pledging the state will do its part in helping the counties affected recover. Quinn declared disaster areas in Champaign, Grundy, LaSalle, Massac, Tazewell, Washington and Woodford counties.

The Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Northern Illinois Food Bank are helping with immediate needs like food and shelter.

"The best way to help The Salvation Army serve those affected by this storm is make a monetary contribution," according to a release from the organization. Donations can be made online at, by texting STORM to 80888 (and confirming YES to the reply) for a $10 donation, or by calling (800) SAL-ARMY. Checks should be made out to "November Tornadoes"


The Red Cross opened 12 shelters on Sunday in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The organization also stresses the importance of monetary donations in reaching people immediately.

"Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small," according to a Red Cross release. "Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters." Please be sure to specify: "Illinois Tornados and Storms" when you make your donation.

To donate, visit, call (800) RED CROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Northern Illinois Food Bank is asking the public for help to keep food flowing into the storm-affected areas. Donations can be made by visiting or by texting FOOD to 52000.

The City of Washington has established a tornado relief fund at Washington Community Bank, located at 1895 Washington Road, Washington, Illinois 61571. Donations can also be made at any Morton Community Bank location.

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