SJ-R: United Way provides emergency funds to Red Cross

Amer_Red_CrossUnited Way of Central Illinois is providing the local chapter of the American Red Cross with $10,000 in emergency funding as the humanitarian organization continues to assist families affected by the Nov. 17 tornado outbreak.

Six people were killed and more than 2,000 homes were damaged or destroyed as two dozen tornadoes hammered the state.

The United Way of Central Illinois’ board of directors approved the disbursement Tuesday night after receiving a formal request from the Red Cross, said Jarid Brown, director of communications for the United Way.

“We acted on it immediately because we understand they need those funds quickly,” Brown said.

This additional funding provides…
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