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Ways to Help in Alabama...

I'm still in shock at what I'm seeing, but this came from our English Department about ways to help in the devastation of these tornadoes.

Financial Support:

1. American Red Cross - You can text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 general donation. You can also contribute to the American Red Cross Relief Fund either by calling 1-800-HELPNOW, visitinghttp://www.causes.com/causes/608753 orhttp://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ntld_main&s_src=RSG00100E013&s_subsrc=ONR_MainDonateButton.

2. Governor's Relief Fund - The governor of Alabama has also set up a relief fund: Governor's Tornado Relief Fund http://www.servealabama.gov/2010/2011%20Tornadoes/Response.aspx

3. Convoy of Hope - is a faith-based organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children's feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.http://www.convoyofhope.org/go/how/donate

4. Salvation Army - To donate to The Salvation Army's relief work please call 1800-SALARMY or log ontowww.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also text "GIVE" to 80888 to make a $10 general donation. Checks can be made out to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, Ga., 30384-0339.

5. Notasulga, AL - Whipporwill Vineyards is donating 10% of all sales, and will match that amount. 4282 County Road 31.

6. Atlanta, GA - 4/30, 3pm-5pm, Fundraiser at Hudson Grille Midtown, 942 Peachtree St. All money from Bama in Atlanta merchandise sold there will be donated to the cause.
Donations will also be accepted.

Supplies:

1. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) has a list of items used in health kits, available at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/getconnected/supplies/health-kit/. You can gather these basic supplies and take the finished kits to a Methodist church and they will have systems to getting those to the disaster areas. Additional types of kits are also needed, such as bedding kits for displaced people and and bulk materials. Information on this option is available athttp://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/getconnected/supplies/. Kits can also be shipped to: UMCOR West Office and Depot, Reverend Brian Diggs, Director, 1479 South 700 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84104-1605.

2. Alabama School Library Association (ASLA) - The ASLA will be coordinating donations of books and supplies for school libraries in the coming weeks and months. You can learn more at http://www.alasla.org/.

3. Alabama Food Bank - http://www.alfoodbanks.org/and http://www.westalabamafoodbank.org/. Text "FOOD" to 27722 to donate $10 to the West Alabama/Tuscaloosa Area Food bank. Paypal is also available.

4. Andalusia, AL - Piggly Wiggly, Hollie's Bakery, and Huggins Sod Farm, in conjunction with the American Red Cross and WAAO will accept donations of food items, clothes, and supplies by filling the tractor trailers at Piggly Wiggly, 13759 Brooklyn Road, Andalusia, AL. Call 334-222-8698 for more information.

5. Montgomery, AL - Hotline for donations at 334-420-0212, organized by http://www.WSFA.com/.

6. Hoover, AL - Donations of tarps, non-perishable food, clothes, baby supplies. Bring to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 611 Riverchase Parkway West, on the 31 two lights south of the Galleria.

7. Demopolis, AL - Eaves Construction will have a tractor trailer for clothing, non-perishable food items, etc.

8. Calera, AL - Concord Baptist Church (11215 Highway 22) is accepting bottled water, canned food, and clothing. Please bring donations between 3pm and 9pm at the Student Center. Donations before 3pm should be brought to the church office.

9. Birmingham, AL - Church of the Highlands, Grants Mill Campus, South Parking lot. 5901 Overton Road or 3600 3rd Ave. South between 9:00am and 8:00pm. Information athttp://www.churchofthehighlands.com/

10. Troy, AL - Terracotta, 351 Montgomery Street, is accepting canned food, bottled water, blankets, clothes, diapers, baby supplies, and other non-perishable supplies. Monetary donations are also accepted. Call 334-566-9393.

11. Auburn, AL - Fire Station on Ross St.

12. Convoy of Hope - Lamont spoke with Jeff Nene, public relations officer, at noon Thursday. Convoy of Hope's mobile command center is already enroute to Alabama; tractor trailers with food and water are on their way. Once COH has assessed needs, they will determine what further supplies to send. Currently, local churches in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham have offered to 'house' operations. COH will be working in conjunction with county, state, and federal emergency management organizations to set up distribution centers to insure areas of need are not overlooked. COH can provide both point of distribution and mobile distribution. Personal note: COH, if not the first, was one of first organizations to arrive in Picayune, Mississippi, (my hometown) following Hurricane Katrina. It's comforting to know they are heading to Alabama.

13. Prattville, AL - Hope for the Forgotten Ministry/Women of Worth accepting donations at the Destiny Christian Center, Instyle Hair Studio, and ReThreads.

14. Mobile, AL - WABB at 1551 Springhill Ave. Bottled water, clothes, cleaning supplies, and cash donations. 4/29, 7am-5pm.

15. Greenville, AL - Liberty Fire Department will accept donations at the Butler County Courthouse parking lot from 8am-4pm on 4/29 and 8am-4pm on 4/30.

16. Alexander City, AL - Love Feeds and Stormy Bishop accepting donations of clothing, water and non-perishable food at Alex City Pawn Shop, 148 Calhoun St.

17. Phenix City, AL - Colony Furniture accepting bottled watter, cleaning supplies, toiletry items and paper goods until Tuesday, 5/3.

18. Tallassee, AL - Ben Atkinson Motors collecting non-perishable items. 8am-6pm, 4/28, 4/29 and 4/30.

19. Hoover, AL - Bruno's Supermarket (corner of Highway 31 and Lorna Road) is accepting bottled water ONLY beginning at 2:30pm on 4/28.

20. Pelham, AL - Master's House Ministries will be delivering food (ready to eat), water, baby food, diapers, & wipes to tornado victims. 135 Corporate Way, 205-276-9863.

Life Support:

1. Donate blood at any Red Cross site near you. Visithttp://www.redcrossblood.org/our-regions and type in your zip code to find the closest center.
2. Tallassee, AL - Blood drive at Dollar General (beside Wal Mart), 10am-4pm, 4/30.

Volunteers:
TBD. If you are close to the Tuscaloosa area and want to volunteer, please stand by. People are being discouraged from entering the area right now, but your assistance will be needed in the very near future. It is best to volunteer as a part of an organized effort rather than as an individual; more information will be provided.

1. St. Mathias Church, sign up beginning at noon on 4/28, 1230 Skyland Blvd. via route I-359. ***Update, 1:21CDT 4/28 - St. Mathias is full with volunteers and will be contacting existing volunteers tomorrow. Please stop in and give your contact information for follow up tomorrow. Volunteers with medical skills are especially needed.***

2. Tuscaloosa area volunteers may call Nancy Green at 205-561-4169 for information on how to help.

3. Birmingham city council member Johnathan Austin says to volunteer, call the Jefferson County Emergency
Management Agency at 205-254-2039.

4. Hands On Birmingham is coordinating volunteer efforts. To register, visithttp://www.handsonbirmingham.org/specialevents/viewSpecialEvent.php?_mode=eventDetail&_action=eventDetail&ixSpecialEvent=419

5. Toomers for Tuscaloosa - Information pending athttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Toomers-for-Tuscaloosa/127019264041188 mirroring the Tide for Toomer’s effort that was started in February.

6. Pelham, AL - Separating clothes at Master's House Ministries @ 6:30, 4/28.

Rita Treutel
UAB Department of English
Humanities Building #226
205-934-4250

Peter J. Bellis
Professor and Chair of English
University of Alabama at Birmingham
HB 215
1530 3rd Avenue S
Birmingham, AL 35294-1260
(205) 934-4250