The Firm donated $10,000 today to the City of Harrisburg Disaster Relief Fund to help residents begin to rebuild after an F4 tornado ripped through their Southern Illinois town last week, claiming the lives of seven people. The Firm is headquartered in Alton, Ill., approximately two hours north of Harrisburg.
The tornado was part of a storm system affecting the Midwest and South on Feb. 29, killing 14 people in four states. In Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn has asked President Barack Obama to declare Saline, Randolph, Gallatin, Union and Williamson counties as disaster areas.
“Many of us at the firm have strong roots throughout Southern Illinois,” said Simmons Hanly Conroy Chairman John Simmons. “Our heart goes out to our friends and neighbors in Harrisburg, and we wanted to help this community as it begins to heal.” Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg said he is extremely grateful to all the wonderful people who have reached out to his community, including the firm.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support from John Simmons and the Firm,” he said. “I am touched to see how this crisis has brought out the best in everyone. This fund will be put to good use, supporting our recovery and putting lives back together.”
He added he hopes to see the donation benefit the more than 30 youth who have been impacted or displaced due to the tornado.
Cash donations can be made by sending a check made out to “City of Harrisburg Disaster Relief Fund” to Legence Bank, P.O. Box 297, 502 N. Commercial Street, Harrisburg, IL 62946. Additional donations such as clothing, toiletries, food and others items are being accepted several businesses in Carbondale, Benton, Marion and more.
For people interested in volunteering to help with clean-up, officials are asking them to call the Saline County Emergency Management Agency at 618-252-3732.