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Mid-IL Chapter Assists 2 Familes Over Weekend After Fires

During February 22-23, The American Red Cross Mid-Illinois Chapter provided emergency assistance to 2 local-area families after fires destroyed their respective residences.

On Friday, February 22, American Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers provided emergency financial assistance to a displaced Sidell family of 3 for food and clothing. They also received referrals for additional help.

On Saturday, February 23, American Red Cross DAT volunteers provided emergency financial assistance to a displaced Henning family of 2 for food, clothing, and several nights at a hotel. They also received referrals.

The community can help those affected by future disasters by volunteering with the American Red Cross and/or making a contribution to American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The best way to help those affected by disasters is through a financial donation to the American Red Cross. Donations of money help tailor disaster relief to the needs of victims and restore the economic vitality of disaster-affected communities. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Contributions can be made online at or by calling 217-428-7758.

On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at