06/08/2010 12:31 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

How to Help the Tornado Relief Efforts

On Saturday, two tornadoes hit my hometown of Dwight, Ill. Livingston and LaSalle Counties were hardest hit by a storm system that originated in Iowa and left a path of destruction all the way through to Ohio, where five deaths were reported. This is the county that I grew up in and I still have family and friends who live in Dwight. If you can help out with relief efforts please do so at the following links.

Donate at:

American Red Cross of the Heartland.

American Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive at St. Mary's Hospital in Streator, Il today.


Check with the Streator Chapter of the Salvation Army for much needed items:

Streator, IL Service Center
126 S Bloomington Street

Tel: 815-672-2746

For updated information for items needed, in Dwight, click here.

Also, a Facebook prayer page has been set up for well wishes to all of the victims of Saturday's storms here. This page is being updated around the clock.

For a video of the damage in Dwight, please watch this. It was recorded Sunday afternoon.