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Tornado Relief Center Closing Its Doors



It's another sign local tornado recovery efforts are working.

The Central Illinois Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort Resource Center in Washington will close at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

The Center, at 117 Peoria Street, was staffed by members from the Eureka Church of Christ, the East Peoria Church of Christ and the Church of Christ Northwest in Peoria. It opened November 25, eight days after the November 17 tornadoes in Washington, East Peoria and Pekin.

"We've been able to help (those residents out) and we've made a lot of friends," says spokesman Dean Kennedy, "but, on the other hand, it's good because it means the community is progressing to the point where it really doesn't need that much help anymore."

The Center has provided $500,000 worth of food, clothing, household items, bedding, beds, furniture, gift cards and appliances to residents affected by the storms.

"To put it in persective, we unloaded about 15 semi's during that time," Kennedy says.

The items were provided by the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort, Inc., based in Nashville, Tennessee.

But, Kennedy says, many people came through with an outpouring of support.

"There were people from Chicago bringing things to us to help out," says Kennedy.

 

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