The Salvation Army Responds to Tornado in Coal City, Illinois

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

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.

Give online at

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:

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

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

Moving Forward in the Fight Against Human Trafficking


The State of Illinois recently claimed a huge victory in the fight against human trafficking. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced on Monday that 10 human traffickers have pleaded guilty to prostituting girls and young women, ages 13 to 19, in the Chicago area.

Alvarez said, “It is a new day here in Chicago for defendants like these who would attempt to sell the sexual services of women and children on our streets.” We applaud Alvarez, and her team, on their continuous effort to fight human trafficking and the impact on the community. Continue reading “Moving Forward in the Fight Against Human Trafficking”

Salvation Army Efforts Intensified in Heavily Damaged Midwestern Cities


Des Plaines, Illinois (November 20, 2013)—Across Illinois and Indiana, as damage assessments are being completed, The Salvation Army continues to serve thousands who were affected by severe weather throughout the Midwestern US on Sunday, November 17. As state and local governments took action following the initial confusion that accompanies any disaster, The Salvation Army’s role in the response and recovery operations has become well defined.

Central Illinois

In Central Illinois, most of the damage was centered on Washington, Illinois, and it’s now clear that this area will demand the most attention from The Salvation Army. The unprecedented November F-4 tornado destroyed or damaged thousands of homes in Washington and adjoining areas of Tazewell County. Nearby volunteers from the Crossroads United Methodist Church quickly made their facility available to the community, and began feeding others through their church kitchen. Continue reading “Salvation Army Efforts Intensified in Heavily Damaged Midwestern Cities”

Salvation Army to Distribute Flood Clean-Up Kits in Westchester and Ford Heights

Salvation Army Flood Kits

CHICAGO, May 1, 2013– The Salvation Army continues its distributions of clean-up kits with additional pick-ups scheduled for the following locations and until supplies last.

Wednesday, May 1 

  • Salvation Army will be distributing clean-up kits with the City of Westchester, at 10300 Roosevelt Road, Westchester, on Wednesday, May 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day this week until supplies last.

Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3

  • Salvation Army will be distributing clean-up kits with the Ford Heights Community Service Organization on Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 943 E. Lincoln Highway in Ford Heights.

Continue reading “Salvation Army to Distribute Flood Clean-Up Kits in Westchester and Ford Heights”