Last week, Glenn asked for people to tell him what people affected by the storms and tornadoes in the South need. We had over 500 responses. Among the most requested items were water, ice, hand sanitizers, and nonperishable food. Others wrote in saying how they lost everything , and would be rebuilding their lives from scratch over the coming months. We've collected places where you can donate - both local and national organizations.
9/12 Project recommendations include:
Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL - DONATE
The church is organizing a mass relief effort with 25 Alabama churches. The "dream center" in Birmingham is a 150,000 square foot warehouse of supplies they are operating.
Kentucky 9/12 Project - DONATE
This group is taking food and cash donations for relief to be delivered to Alabama
Convoy of Kindness
The 912 Project is plotting a convoy route that will start in South Florida and travel all the way up to the operations center in Birmingham for delivery on Saturday May 7th. We are asking that 912ers & Patriot groups who want to donate items establish drop off points in their own locals, and then plan to join the convoy to head up to Birmingham on the 7th. Their final destination is The Dream Center of Birmingham, AL. This is a 150,000 square foot warehouse operated in partnership by 25 Alabama churches. They have been delivering food, supplies and manpower to all affected areas, including the small towns since day 1 of the storm.
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Alabama: Samaritan's Purse
Mississippi: The Mississippi Baptist Convention, Disaster Relief Ministry – DONATE
Arkansas: Christian Ministries
Additional list of charities you can donate to, courtesy of the office of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions - Read here
Also, the Alabama Governor's Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives - Read more here
Thanks to Time.com for putting the list below together for places to donate:
United Way of West Alabama - DONATE
The boots on the ground in the devastated Tuscaloosa area, the United Way is accepting donations of all types that they will then distribute to the immediate victims. You can donate non-perishable food, clothes, tarps, and of course, cash, -- 100% of which, they say, will stay in the West Alabama area. Donate online or over the phone by calling 205-345-6640.
The American Red Cross - DONATE
The Red Cross remains a leader in disaster relief, having opened more than 40 emergency shelters across the hardest-hit states. They've served more than 250,000 meals to those impacted by the twisters and distributed 22,000 items like clean-up supplies across the area. You can follow their progress on their blog and donate through their website or via text message by sending "REDCROSS" to 90999 to give $10.
Feeding America - DONATE
This hunger-relief charity has stepped up their mission to bring food and water into the affected towns. They work with local food banks to coordinate donations and distribute food. You can donate through Feeding America's website to bring ready-to-eat meals and clean water to people devastated by the storms.
Salvation Army - DONATE
Another steadfast relief leader, the Salvation Army has committed at least 10 mobile food trucks to the Alabama, Lousiana and Mississippi with another 22 that are on standby. You can keep up with the charity's progress on their blog and submit a donation online or by texting “GIVE” to 80888 to donate $10.
Convoy of Hope - DONATE
This outreach organization has donated more than 3,000 hours of service since last week, helping victims with cleanup and feeding them. They set up two distribution sites in western Alabama to give out food, water and supplies to those in need. They are accepting online donations to help further their mission in Alabama.
Serve Alabama - DONATE
This hyper-local initiative promotes community service and volunteerism throughout the state of Alabama and has served as a portal for information for those affected by the storms and tornadoes. Through their website they are taking donations of goods and money that will be put toward the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund.