December 4 – Tuesday morning, over the course of 3 hours, stories were told of survivors, and a community coming together with the support of communities close to home and from around the state.
On Saturday, December 1st, Taylorville took a direct hit from a tornado, damaging an estimated 100 buildings and injuring at least 30 people.
Tuesday morning during Byers & Company from 6-9am, WSOY raised funds to be used to help families who lost everything and to help feed the numerous volunteers aiding in the clean-up and recovery.
The first $15,000 donated was matched dollar for dollar with all of the cash going directly to the Taylorville Food Pantry to assist those in need.
Volunteers from the United Way of Decatur and Mid Illinois manned the phones throughout the morning taking donations from listeners wanting to help. After appearing on Byers & Co., Congressman Rodney Davis, a Taylorville native, spent the next hour after his interview answering phones, taking donations, and thanking those who were calling in.
Donations also came in from across the country through the United Way’s online donation portal, which they allowed NowDecatur.com to use free of charge.
By the end of the show at 9am, a total of $50,000 had been raised with money continuing to come in. Again, donations are still being accepted until 5pm through the United Way donation portal. You can give by following the link HERE