Harrisburg Relief

The United Way of South Central Illinois (Located: 1101 Broadway, Mt. Vernon -The Old Integra Bank Building) is coordinating donations and collection of supplies for the people of Harrisburg. The UW office in Mt. Vernon will be serving as a drop off site for items for the tornado victims in Harrisburg, IL along with the NAPA store on Wells Bypass, Curves on 301 N 27th street in Mt. Vernon and The Shoppers Weekly in Centralia.

Visit the United Way's web site for more information or to make a monetary donation. Online donations will be accepted at: http://www.uwsci.org/Give.php For more information, call the United Way office at 618-242-8000

If you do wish to provide supplies, please stick to the list of items below. At this time we are asking that you do not donate clothing. If you wish to volunteer...please DO NOT travel to this area. Telephone (618) 252-3732 and they will gladly take your information for volunteer needs as they arise.

All donated items should be new and in original packaging.

Recommended Emergency Cleaning Supply Items

Batteries (variety of sizes)



Laundry detergent




Garbage bags

Hand sanitizer

All purpose cleaner

Work gloves

Dust masks

Duct Tape

Plastic sheeting

Paper towels


Recommended Paper Supply Items Paper napkins

Paper towels

Disposable utensils

Disposable plates

Disposable cups

Facial tissue

Toilet tissue

Feminine hygiene products

Recommended Hygiene Kit Items Baby wipes/wet naps









Disposable razors

Shaving cream

Large combs


Bath towels

Hand sanitizer

Feminine hygiene products

Facial tissues/Kleenex

1 gallon plastic ziploc bags


Dental floss

Nail clippers/files Recommended Food Items


While almost any non-perishable item is appreciated, there are some types of items that allow food pantries and other agency partners to best meet clients' nutritional and household needs.

Here's a list of the top 35 items: 1 Canned tuna 2 Canned chicken 3 Canned fruit 4 Canned beans 5 Peanut butter 6 Bottled jelly 7 Canned soups 8 Canned ravioli 9 Boxed/bagged rice products 10 Boxed/bagged pasta products 11 Condiments/sauces (plastic bottles) 12 Boxed complete meals 13 Hot cereal 14 Cold cereal 15 Powdered milk 16 Granola bars 17 Breakfast/snack bars 18 Boxed crackers 19 Fruit snacks 20 Canned veggies 21 Bottled juice 22 Boxed juice 23 Soap/lotion 24 Canned chili 25 Mac and Cheese 26 Instant mashed potatoes 27 Shampoo/conditioner 28 Tooth brushes 29 Toothpaste 30 Feminine products 31 Baby body products 32 Baby food (plastic containers) 33 Diapers 34 Baby formula 35 Toilet tissue

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