PEORIA

PEORIA — The rain has finally stopped falling in Texas and Louisiana, but the need for help continues to grow. As some people are starting the cleanup process, others are still facing catastrophic flooding and evacuations. The American Red Cross is there, providing food, shelter and comfort to thousands of people affected by the devastating storm.

The Central Illinois Cares Telethon to support the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief efforts is Thursday, Sept. 7 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The telethon is sponsored by WMBD-TV/WYZZ and Cumulus Radio of Peoria. Partners supporting the telethon include Caterpillar, Advanced Technology Services and State Farm.

Central Illinois residents can make a financial gift on Thursday, Sept. 7 by calling the Central Illinois Cares hotline at 800-282-5384 or online at redcross.org/centralillinoiscares. WMBD-TV/WYZZ and Cumulus of Peoria will provide on air support to encourage pledges and update Central Illinois residents about the ongoing relief efforts.

Caterpillar is hosting the event at the Caterpillar Visitors Center, providing critical logistic, IT and volunteer support to the telethon. Advanced Technology Services Inc. and State Farm employees and State Farm agents are volunteering to assist with the phone bank during the telethon.

 “We are incredibly grateful to our partners for working together to support the Central Illinois Cares Telethon,” said Lyn Hruska, Chief Executive Officer for the American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “The Red Cross is doing everything possible to get help where it is needed in Texas and Louisiana as we prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Irma making landfall in the coming days.”

As the Red Cross continues to operate shelters, serve meals and provide critical relief supplies in area affected by Hurricane Harvey, the Red Cross will also be working with people as they are able to return to their homes. Recovering from a disaster is challenging, emotionally draining and a complicated process. Each community and each family will have different needs and will require different support to meet those needs. During the recovery process, Red Cross caseworkers connect one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies.

In addition to providing support for the Central Illinois Cares Telethon, the Caterpillar Foundation and State Farm are both members of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program. The program enables the Red Cross to respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families impacted by disasters anywhere in the U.S.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.