Help Support Tornado Victims in the South

Tuesday May 03

Help Support Tornado Victims in the South

With so much going on in the news lately overseas, it seems that so many of our fellow Americans who were devastated by recent natural disasters are not getting the support they need. Check out my Wellness Team blogger (and green living maven) Caroline Howell’s blog post about Helping Tornado Victims in the South to find out about how we can help those in need.

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Caroline Howell

Caroline Howell is a Green Home and Lifestyle Consultant, whose business, GreenBeanie™ Inc., is headquartered in Pasadena, California. Caroline founded her company to formalize the advice she was sharing with friends and family about green living, including habits and routines that are better for your health, the health of those around you, and the planet.

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Helping Tornado Victims in the South

Watching the news and seeing the horrific damage from last week’s tornados in the Southeast has been heartbreaking.  Tuscaloosa, Alabama is my hometown and I’m so saddened by the loss of life and devastation throughout the storm-ravaged areas in the Southeast.

According to the Birmingham News, the death toll in Alabama alone is 236. Thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed by what is being called one of the deadliest storms on record in the Southeast. President Obama visited Tuscaloosa last Friday and has pledged Federal aid for the area. The President stated, “I’ve never seen devastation like this.”

President Obama tours Tuscaloosa on 4/29

There has been an amazing amount of online organization to meet the various local needs and match volunteers with areas as thousands have lost their homes, transportation and all personal possessions.

But what can we do from afar? As people compare this region’s devastation to Hurricane Katrina, we should remember that supporting key relief agencies through financial contributions is probably the most effective way for us to help. The United Way, Red Cross and the Salvation Army are all on the ground in the region so please consider contributing to one of these organizations.

Appie Milsaps, a local lawyer and volunteer, said that financial donations are encouraged for remote supporters, instead of shipping supplies, and that the Mayor’s office has set up the Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund for tax-deductible contributions to the community.  She said that pre-paid cell phones are needed desperately for displaced persons. In addition, there is tons of good hardwood that could be repurposed for furniture and building wood if they receive help for these tasks.

I also talked with another volunteer on the ground there, Elizabeth Stanard, a Tuscaloosa native that has put together a blog called Tuscaloosa Tornado Donations to compile the various donation needs and efforts.  And Jillian wouldn’t want us to forget our four-legged friends, which are often displaced or abandoned in times of crisis, so consider the Humane Society as well.

My heart and prayers go out to the victims of this terrible ordeal. Please consider joining me in helping the communities of the South get back on their feet.

Best, Caroline

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