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      How to help Illinois tornado victims

      A photo of Washington, Illinois sent in by a Tri-State viewer. Taken by her cousin who is a resident there.

      Illinois residents affected by Sunday's storms are in the early stages of clean up and recovery.

      We've put together a few resources for you if you are looking to help out.

      The Salvation Army

      While you may be thinking about all the items you have around the house that you can donate, The Salvation Army encourages you to make a monetary contribution.

      In this video , The Salvation Army explains that monetary donations allow them the flexibility and purchasing power they need to respond fast. Buying in or near the disaster area allows the organization to support the local economy and avoid wasted dollars on shipping costs.

      Storage of donated items can also be a problem in the early hours and days of a disaster of this nature.

      If you are looking to donate money ...

      Online: http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/usc/2013-storms

      By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

      Text to give:Text STORM to 80888 and reply YES to confirm your donation. A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Text HELP to 80888 for help. Message and data rates may apply.

      By Mail:Designated ??November Tornadoes,?? please send checks to:


      The American Red Cross

      There are ways to help through The American Red Cross in your area as well.

      Consider donating blood at your local branch. Click here to schedule an appointment.

      Online: http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations

      By Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

      Text to give:Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Read more about participating carriers here.

      By Mail:To donate by check, please complete the Check Donation Form and mail it to:

      American Red CrossPO Box 4002018Des Moines, IA 50340-2018

      Please make checks payable to: American Red Cross.

      Other Online Resources

      Consider following groups like Washington IL Tornado Recovery on Facebook to get insider tips and information about needs from the front lines. They have launched an Information Guide for Washington, IL online here .

      Another group we found was Prayers and Help Info for Washington Area Tornado victims.

      If you are aware of any other resources, please post them below in the comments section.