Red Cross sets up resource center for Gifford victims


GIFFORD-- The American Red Cross set up a multi agency resource center to consolidate all the help tornado victims might need in one place.

Representatives from 17 organizations were present at the center, including representatives from: The Salvation Army, the Secretary of State's office, and the Illinois Department of Insurance.

These agencies provided various services ranging from counseling and on-site child care to applications for assistant and grants.

Those affected by the tornado were also able to pick up a hot meal, as well as supplies to aid them in their clean up process. Residents say the center is hugely helpful in streamlining what has been a complicated process.

"When I called our insurance guy, he said we were number 47 on the list, so there are a lot of big fish out there," said Gifford resident Mark Porter. "We've spent over $1000 on hotel bills and stuff and these people, it's been phenomenal the outpour, it really has."

About 120 families made use of the center on Tuesday. The center will re-open Wednesday from 10 am to 4 PM at Gordyville.

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