Today, Mayor Francis G. Slay, United Way President Gary Dollar, and Alderman Terry Kennedy visited the historic Lewis Place neighborhood to visit with residents and inform them of a giving campaign through the United Way to help tornado victims.
Lewis Place, The Ville and north riverfront areas of the City suffered significant damage from the tornado that struck St. Louis on December 31, 2010. Fifteen buildings were destroyed with twelve families displaced resulting in eight being sheltered by the Red Cross.
Additionally, six sustained major structural damage and 59 others had lesser damage such as broken windows, loss of shingles and water damage to their personal property. I assure you, having seen the damage myself on New Year's Eve day, many residents of these areas suffered serious losses, in some cases, losing practically everything.
While Governor Nixon has asked President Barack Obama for a major disaster declaration that would provide individual assistance to homeowners, there is no assurance that request will be granted. As a result, Mayor Slay in cooperation with the United Way, has established a tornado relief fund in order that donations can be made to the tornado victims.
Calls regarding how to donate or how to obtain assistance can be made by dialing the United Way at 2-1-1 or 1-800-427-4626. Online donations can be made by using the following link: www.stl.unitedway.org/211tornadofund/
Donations can also be mailed to the following address: 2-1-1 Tornado Relief Fund c/o United Way of Greater St. Louis, 910 North 11th St., St. Louis, MO 63101. Checks should be made payable to the United Way of Greater St. Louis. All donations will go directly to the needs of tornado victims.
The Lewis Place residents I spoke to today are determined to restore and make repairs to their homes and preserve their neighborhood but this is one time when a little bit of help for all of us could go a long way in making that happen. Please join me in making a contribution to this important endeavor!
Many thanks for your consideration!