Quotes from tornado victims and journalists covering the destruction in Harrisburg, Ill., and how you can help.

Quotes from tornado victims and journalists covering the destruction in Harrisburg, Ill.:

"We walked outside and all you could hear were people screaming for help. We found people laying in the field and everything else. It was bad." -- Harrisburg Police officer Tom Leverett

"We will rebuild this city. This will not stop us; it will make it stronger." -- Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg

"My kids say I sleep through everything. I slept until (the house) all started falling in on me. Couldn't sleep through that." -- Harrisburg resident Utha Angelly

"The wind is what woke me up. I went and laid down on the couch. It wasn't more than five minutes before it hit. It picked up the whole trailer and three me out the wall." -- Harrisburg resident Kim Abel

“I don't even know if devastated is the right word to describe it,” said Harrisburg resident Sharon Murray, on seeing her house in rubble. “You don't realize how irreplaceable some of it is until it's gone. ... I guess I'm just starting over.”

“In the 51 years I've lived here, I've never seen anything like this. We've got people lined up wanting to volunteer.” -- Saline County Board Chairman Jay Williams

“When you talk to the residents, they are resilient and they are thankful.” -- U.S. Rep. John Shimkus

"You stop and think, people have lost everything. You go into a mode where you know you have to tell this story – that’s what you have to do. You know its bad and there’s no sense standing around. You have to hit the ground running,. You have a job to do – to get the story out about what happened." -- Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register photographer Justin Fowler

How to help

In addition to contacting your local Red Cross chapter or Salvation Army to find out how to donate money, here are some needed supplies:

-- Clothing
-- Toiletries
-- Children's games and toys
-- Snacks

Canned food is not needed -- many victims do not have anywhere to cook their food.

Go online to make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 donation from your mobile device.

To support the Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services Fund, go online or call 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).