As I recap current events, adventures, and news, I realize I've avoided one very important topic.
The one thing I have not touched on lately, is the devastation that has happened in our Dixie States, particularly Alabama. I am very fortunate everyone I know in the South is safe, and no damage was had for them after seeing such scary news coverage of the unfortunate catastrophe.
Everyone (for the most part) finally has power back after being powerless for about a week. Work and school was cancelled (for most, still is) and effort has been put towards recovery/rebuilding with lots of volunteering.
Watch these videos if you haven't already..
I'm not going to post photos of the aftermath because you get the idea; however, there are plenty to see on google or facebook. People have found debris 'cross county and state lines. A friend had a piece of mail from Tuscaloosa (over 100 miles away) and someone in Tennessee had a piece of mail from Phil Campbell, Alabama...even further away!
I lived in Alabama for about a year and half collectively and was extremely lucky to never have to experience this nasty destructive and erratic natural disaster. There were plenty of times I was surrounded by tornadoes and crazy Southern weather, but nothing compared to this.
I feel helpless being so far away.
Here’s how we can help storm victims:
You can visit www.redcross.org to donate, or instantly donate $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Money goes a lot further than “things” because EMAs can use the money to buy items that are necessary.
Auburn friends (or ANY friends) can join Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa on Facebook to learn how we can give back to those who have loved us through our tree poisoning debacle.
There is a state-by-state listing on the Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa website that shares places and ways you can help, wherever you are, aid those left in the wake of this devastating storm system.
Do you EXTREME COUPON? Do you have a stockpile of free or almost-free goods in your basement of groceries and cleaners and toiletries? Consider packing some up and getting them to a drop point. These people across MS/AL/GA/TN have lost EVERYTHING.
CNN has a very thorough list of ways you can help, from the Salvation Army to local groups dispatching their services.
Check in with your friends and make sure they have what they need. A lot will be rebuilding their lives and we need to help as much as we can.
Local churches and other organizations across the country are gathering goods to send to the areas across the south and east coast. Check with YOUR church and local groups to see if they are putting together needed items.
The Auburn Family All In Relief Fund is targeted at communities throughout the state of Alabama which were hit hard by the tornado disaster.
The Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa Relief Fund is targeted specifically at relief efforts in Tuscaloosa.
From now until May 31, AuburnUndercover.com will donate 100% of the money received from sales in the fan shop to the Red Cross for relief efforts to help storm victims who need assistance. There’s no fine print. Whatever the check is from Fanatics, will be signed over 100% of the proceeds. This is an opportunity to get some great gear and help out a lot of people.
Check al.com and 100wapi.com for information.
To help students at the University of Alabama who have lost a lot, if not everything, the UA Bands has set up a site to help.
The Junior League of Birmingham will match all donations made; click here.
The Weather Channel has a page dedicated to ways to help storm victims.
*Thank you Jana!
**PLEASE Tweet, Facebook, and share this post/page in every Social Media you use. Getting the word out any way possible on how we can help is what everyone needs.
***If you know of other resources, please post links in the comments.