Last week, tornadoes swept through seven US states, wreaking havoc on everyone and everything in their paths. The hardest-hit state was Alabama, where officials are saying the damage my rival the $1 billon loss the state suffered just six years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit.
Citizens across the US are coming together to raise money and provide assistance to all storm victims, but especially those in Alabama. Here is a list of a few of the different ways that you can help offer relief:
- The United Way Tornado Relief Telethon: Call 1-855-205HELP until 3:00am EDT Thursday to pledge.
- The American Red Cross: Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation
- Feeding America: Help provide food to those without by making an online donation
- West Alabama Food Bank: Text “FOOD” to 27722 to donate $10
Food, Water and Clothing:
- AlabamaPossible.org: Visit alabamapossible.org to see a full list of locations accepting these types of donations.
- Hands on Birmingham: If local, call 205-251-5849 for opportunities
- The United Way: Register to be a statewide storm disaster volunteer
- 211: Call 1-888-421-1266 to find where volunteers are most needed
- Return lost items: Visit Pictures and Documents after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes to post pictures of items found in the debris. Leave your contact info so people can claim their items.
- Give Prom: Prom Dresses for Tornado Victims is a Facebook Page dedicated to collecting dresses and tuxedos for students headed to prom this month.
Do you have other ways you’ve given back to tornado victims? Share your stories by leaving a comment.
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