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WEB EXCLUSIVE: How you can help after the tornadoes

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 the storms.


All volunteers in Harrisburg must register at the Fire Department starting at 7 a.m. on March 1, according to state police.

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

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).

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.

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

According to the Saline County Sheriff's Office, a Red Cross shelter is open at the First Baptist Church at 204 North Main Street in Harrisburg.

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.

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 www.sicf.org.  

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.

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.

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.

(KFVS) - The Salvation Army (618/252-2680), Saline Pantry (618/252-2374) and the Harvest Center (618/252-0009), all in Harrisburg, are accepting toiletries and non-perishable food items.

The Little Egypt Network of the American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations. 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.


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.

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