When we think about the worldwide hunger problem, we often think of the poorest countries in the world. We see the commercials on t.v. with the starving children asking us to send donations as sponsors to help feed, clothe and educate them. Did you know there are people starving by the thousands in tornado stricken areas in Alabama and Tennessee right now from last weeks deadly tornados?
Probably not. Why? Well, the tornados hit on Wed. April 27, then downplayed naturally by the royal wedding on Fri. April 29 and news of Osama bin Laden’s death upstaged even that late Monday night. So now, bin Laden is dead, the wedding is over and people are still starving and trying to rebuild their lives in our own country.
Alabama local Rosaland Daniels writes, “Honestly, I forgot about the royal wedding until I saw your report on it and no one here really cares about Bin Laden. Everyone’s livelihood is revolving around this storm.”
CNN reported, “The National Weather Service has confirmed that more than 20 large tornadoes touched down in Alabama alone.” With 38 counties in Alabama declared disaster areas, it’s no wonder the state will no longer be releasing death toll numbers until all of the missing have been found.
Charlie Sheen gets it and has been trying to help, but this effort needs publicity and the help of a nation to get these areas back on their feet.
As of now, Emergency Medical Services, Red Cross chapters and food banks local to the affected areas are running out of food and supplies.
There are those who are camping out and staying warm by fires in large bins when they can find the supplies to sustain the fires.
Five schools are completely destroyed among tons of other homes, businesses, churches and more.
Social networking sites, like Facebook, have enabled volunteers to work tirelessly at getting more volunteers and donations for the affected areas from across the nation. Fan pages such as Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa and Pray for the Tornado Victims of April 27, 2011 still receive desperate pleas for helpnevery hour as well.
Several local efforts have been spearheaded to assist those in need. For a list of items needed for donations, visit the linked Facebook fan pages.
Milford: Donated items can be brought to 840 Church Hill Rd. until May 12 as a truck will be leaving May 13th to take to Alabama. If no one is there, people are asked to leave items in the shop/barn. For any further questions, contact Ron LaVere at 302-270-7171. An event has been created on Facebook: Alabama Tornado Relief Drive from Delaware.
Additional drop-off points: Mark Shanne’s State Farm Insurance office and 1st Class Realty at the Teal Plaza Shopping Center next to the new Popeyes.
Ocean City, MD & Bethany Beach, DE: Auburn University student Marisa Grimes is collecting relief items with her roommate from North Carolina and will be leaving around May 17. They also have a Facebook fan page: All In For Alabama.
Amazon.com: You may purchase items through an already created wishlist on Amazon.com for the Christian Service Mission in Birmingham, Alabama. The mission then will quickly sort and distribute all items purchased to those who need them.
Via Mail: If you would like to mail something directly to those affected, Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa will coordinate deliveries if sent to this address:
ATTN: TOOMER’S FOR TUSCALOOSA
5510 McFarland Blvd
Northport, AL 35476
Find more Tuscaloosa area donation links here.
This list will be updated with any new events. If you know of any local relief efforts not listed above, please e-mail me at [email protected] and I will add them to get maximum exposure!