Right now, a local news station (WHNT) is doing a telethon for the April 27 tornado outbreak that touched many states, but devastated quite a bit of my area of Alabama.
Money raised by the telethon will benefit the American Red Cross in the Tennessee Valley (where I live) and will go to help victims of the storm. If you can donate, please do. You can do so via the station’s website or by calling 1-866-577-0190. (I think that they are accepting phone calls until 11:00 PM CDT on May 6, 2011–or 5 AM UTC May 7, 2011.)
Other ways to help out victims are to make donations to the following charities & businesses:
American Red Cross can accept donations in other ways, including via texts to 90999 (a $10 donation will be added to your next phone bill). If you want to donate items, though, you will need to contact an organization such as the Salvation Army or, perhaps, the United Way.
Manna House, which is run by The Rock, is collecting supplies for people. Typically, they provide food for anyone in need. They are currently looking for folks to donate instant coffee, socks, hand soap, hand sanitizer, large trash bags, diapers & wipes, batteries, ponchos, duct tape, work gloves, and new clothing. They are also accepting donations via PayPal.
Security Finance in Huntsville is accepting donations of clothing, food, water, and diapers. I don’t know their website, but a phone number for them is 256-746-1976. (Ask for Laura Barnett.)
In the state of Alabama, you can use the 211 system to be matched up to volunteering opportunities. You can also register via the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund.
If you can help in any way, even if it is encouraging others to donate, please do so. So many of the homes and businesses that were hit by the storms are either significantly damaged or destroyed. A lot of people have lost their homes or their friends/family, so anything you can do to help would be great.
There will also be a candlelight vigil tonight, even a virtual one for those of you who aren’t from here or can’t make it to the local vigils. The following message was posted on WHNT’s Facebook page:
Shine a light for the Tennessee Valley – Join 19 for a candlelight vigil on Friday, 7:30-8:00pm at the following locations: Harvest – Crosswinds United Methodist Church, 8089 Wall Triana, Madison – Kroger, Hwy 72 & Jeff Rd., Phil Campbell – Phil Campbell Community Center, 132 Sherry Bryce Dr., Rainsville – Orchard Lane Bowling Alley, Hwy 75 & 35. Can’t make it? Join our virtual candlelight vigil by posting a picture.