Helping out, big time:

Helping out, big time:
November 20, 2013, 3:15 pm
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The Bears players and organization are stepping up big time to help with relief efforts downstate in the wake of last Sunday’s devastating tornadoes and storms.

The team has established a website — — where fans can make donations and also bid on auction items, with the monies raised all going to the Red Cross.

[MORE: Bears assist in tornado relief for Central Illinois]

And then some. The organization will match donations dollar for dollar, including what is raised with the help of the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have given the Bears a 16-person suite, complete with passes, food and more, for this Sunday’s game, to be included in the auction.

Marc Trestman, Kyle Long and others are wearing “Washington Panthers” T-shirts to spotlight the community and its high school football team.