The Salvation Army Responds to Tornado in Coal City, Illinois

June 23, 2015
Rich Draeger | rich_draeger@usc.salvationarmy.org | (309) 655-1348

June 23, 2015-Peoria, Ill.—Late Monday evening a severe weather system produced at least one tornado in Northern Illinois touching down in multiple communities including Coal City, Woodhaven and Sublette. Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) teams from the Metro Chicago area, Pekin and Kankakee, Illinois were deployed as soon as it was safe to proceed into the damaged areas.

  • Coal City, Illinois – A Tornado touched down in Coal City, where there were reports of heavy damage. The Salvation Army has two mobile kitchens in Coal City, providing food and water since responding late Monday night.
  • Sublette, Illinois – A tornado was reported in this small town, leaving flooded roads and much damage. Sublette is south of Dixon, in Lee County, Illinois. A response from Salvation Army teams is being assessed.
  • Woodhaven, Illinois - Woodhaven is near Mendota, Illinois. A tornado touched down in this area and Salvation Army assessment teams are on scene.

Additional flooding concerns are being assessed near Watseka, Illinois as well and flooding issues remain on the Illinois River at Ottawa to Marseilles and in Peoria as well.
To support The Salvation Army's relief efforts, you can send a check marked “Disaster Relief” to your nearest Salvation Army unit, or visit our website at www.saheartland.org.

How to Help
The quickest and easiest way to support the efforts of The Salvation Army as they serve disaster victims in the Midwest Region during this event and future disasters is to make a monetary donation.

Online:
Give online at www.saheartland.org

By Phone:
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY [1-800-725-2769]

By Mail:
To donate via mail, please send your check, designated "Coal City Tornado" to:

ATTN: COAL CITY TORNADO
THE SALVATION ARMY
10 W ALGONQUIN ROAD
DES PLAINES, IL 60016-6000

Donations of Household Good and Clothing:
Due to the emergency situation, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
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