I know readers are aware of the devastation the Sunday tornadoes brought to parts of Illinois, including Pekin, East Peoria, Washington and beyond. Here is how you can help those affected by the storm damage.
Support the Peoria Chiefs in their two-pronged approach to assist their neighbors in need. For those in the area, the club is taking donations at Dozer Park this week. Those further away can participate in an online auction currently underway at peoriachiefs.com. All proceeds will go to help those in the surrounding communities.
At Peoria’s Dozer Park, the team is accepting donations for the Central Illinois Tornado Relief Fund through the American Red Cross. On Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:30 pm, people can drop off items of need – bottled water, non-perishable food, clothes, blankets, baby formula, regular household items, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, etc.
The Chiefs have also initiated an online auction with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the tornado recovery efforts. The auction began Tuesday afternoon and includes autographed baseballs from Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Greg Maddux and David Freese along with an autographed Ryne Sandberg Hall of Fame program.
Among the other items up for bid is a one-year subscription to The Cardinal Nation, which also includes access to the entire Scout.com network covering high school, college and professional sports.
The opening bid is set at just $20 for this $79.95 value subscription. Please consider participating in this auction. If you already subscribe, you can designate a friend to receive it as a gift.
Other items will be added as donated, so check back at peoriachiefs.com often. If you wish to provide an item for auction, contact Chiefs Director of Media and Baseball Operations Nathan Baliva at 309-680-4018 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Items do not have to be baseball- or even sports-related.
Even if you cannot drop off items in person and do not want to participate in the auctions, please consider giving. The Chiefs are encouraging fans to donate financially to the Heart of Illinois United Way and the American Red Cross as well.