From shoe boxes to T-shirts, here’s how you can help victims

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The list of local relief efforts for the victims of last week’s devastating tornados keeps growing.

Last week, local residents proved that “Covington County Cares” as five 18-wheeler loads of goods made their way from the Andalusia Piggly Wiggly to Five Points Baptist Church in Northport, next to Tuscaloosa.

Florala residents gathered goods in their Piggly Wiggly parking lot for the same cause.

New collection drives recently announced include ones at:

• Red Level Elementary School, where school officials and students are collecting “anything” to help the victims of last week’s storms such as non-perishable items, paper products, baby products and such.

• Hart’s Country Store, where items collected will be sent to the Pleasant Grove Community, as well as part of this weekend’s Samaritan’s Purse work drive organized by Beyond Measure Ministries and Relief Outreach Center in Andalusia.

• Dozier Baptist Church, where items collected will be sent to Hackleburg, a town in Marion County that was almost completely destroyed by the tornadoes. Items may be dropped off at the church from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.; at Performance Quick Change from 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. or at the First National Bank of Dozier.

• The “T-shirts for T-town” drive, which is being sponsored by LBW Community College students, will continue through the week, with donations accepted until Thurs., May 5, in the Jeff Bishop Student Center on the Andalusia campus, and until Fri., May 6, at Andalusia Ballet, Crow’s Nest, Hart’s Country Store, Straughn Elementary School and all Andalusia City School. Additional drop-off points through May 6 include all Opp City Schools, Opp Park and Recreation, Body Conscious in Opp and Crenshaw Drugs in Luverne.

The Opp Chamber of Commerce is also accepting monetary donation for the tornado victims across the state. For more information, call Emilee Gage at 334-493-3070.

• Additionally, the Andalusia Junior Woman’s Club is coordinating a Boxes of Hope campaign for Alabama children affected by last week’s devastating tornadoes.

Club members are asking people to fill a shoebox for a child.

“Anything that will fit in the shoebox that does not melt or spray,” is acceptable, spokesperson Amy Dugger said.

Suggested items to be included are socks, underwear, T-shirts, athletic shorts, combs, brushes, school supplies, ponytail holders, barrettes, soap, washcloths, small hand sanitizers, pencils, small notebooks, hard candy, liquid sunscreen, deodorant, baby items, baby wipes.

Sponsors are asked to place a note of encouragement in the box, wrap the box in colorful paper and place a rubber band around it. Under the rubber band please place a piece of paper stating gender and age.

Boxes may be delivered to a designated area at Three Notch Market this Sat., May 7, or to the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce.

“The Andalusia Junior Woman’s Club is proud to partner with our community and Hugghins Sod and Supply Company to help facilitate the relief needed for our friends and neighbors in Alabama,” Dugger said.

Emergency officials are requesting the following items be donated to any supply drive: non-perishable food items; shoes and clothing of all sizes; baby supplies, blankets and pillows; pet supplies such as food; bottled water; flashlights; batteries; school supplies toiletries and first aid, coloring books and crayons; coolers of any size; garbage bags; amd Ziploc bags.

of any size; stuffed animals; and the like.