The Chemical Coaters Association Int'l. is donating $2,000 to the Red Cross Relief fund for victims of devastating tornados that hit the Central Illinois region where one of CCAI's active chapters is located.
The donation is coming through a crowd sourcing fundraising site in partnership with FABTECH sponsors and exhibitors. Many FABTECH exhibitors and attendees were affected by the tornado which hit during FABTECH set-up. Overall more than $20,000 has been raised for the Red Cross Relief fund through FABTECH's fundraiser.
In addition to the Red Cross Relief Fund, many local fundraising efforts are underway in the communities affected by this storm. CCAI Past President, Rex Winemiller, lives in Washington, IL, one of the hardest hit areas. Rex and his family were at church during the tornado but luckily unharmed and their home was not damaged. Unfortunately, the area adjacent to the church was almost completely destroyed as you can see in the photo above. The church, Our Savior Lutheran Church, is accepting donations to help local families.
Donations can be sent to:
Our Savior Lutheran Church
1209 Kingsbury Rd.
Washington, IL 61571
Attn: Disaster Relief
Furthermore, the local Jaycees, headed by Rex's daughter, Heather Winemiller, are accepting donations to replace toys for children from the devastated area. Download a flyer which provides information on how to donate. Watch below this touching video from residents of Washington, IL showing this destruction of their town and their commitment to remain strong and persevere.