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How you can help Alabama tornado victims

Local groups are collecting items for those affected by the recent severe weather.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Local groups including Liberty Middle School and Madison County Commission District 2 are collecting items for the victims of the March 25 severe weather that tore across Alabama.

Collection goes from Monday March 29 at 7:30 a.m. through 4pm on Friday April 2. County crews will deliver items to families-in-need the following weekend. 

Donation Drop off Locations:

Madison County Commission District 2 office
100 Plaza Blvd. Madison, AL 35758
7:30 am – 4:00 pm

Liberty Middle School
281 Dock Murphy Dr. Madison, AL 35758
Drop off at front office during school hours

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Drinks – water, soft drinks, Gatorade
  • Tarps
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Toiletries/Hygiene Items
  • Toilet paper, paper towels
  • Cleaning products
  • Work Gloves, Rakes/Shovels, Brooms
  • The Animal Shelters also needs dog & cat food, and portable kennels for the misplaced animals that have been taken in.

If you don't want to get out due to COVID-19, you can deliver items to the District 2 County Commission Office through any grocery delivery service.

The Decatur Church of Christ/Project Unify is accepting donations for tornado victims. These can be sent to:

Decatur Church of Christ
ATTN: Project Unify
2833 Danville Rd. SW
Decatur, AL 35603

LifeSouth is asking for blood donations as supplies are low due to the impact of COVID-19 and recent storms. 

They say the community blood supply continues to be dangerously low due to the impact of COVID-19 and prior storms. 

“During [the March 25] storms, our whole District only collected 73 units of blood total,” Kami May, District Community Development Coordinator said. “On average, Huntsville Hospital is known to request 80 units or more at a time to keep their trauma center stocked with an adequate amount of blood products,” May added.

LifeSouth officials report that this severe weather could not have come at a worse time, as there is a national shortage of blood, and the storm has impacted much needed blood drives. Donating ensures blood will be available to help those who may be injured or need a blood transfusion to survive.

LifeSouth says blood donations also help other regions in need throughout Alabama.

"Once North Alabama needs are met, they're going to be calling on us, their Northern partners, to send them the blood that they need for UAB, and other hospitals in the Tuscaloosa area there 'cause they serve that area as well," says May.

LifeSouth urges regular and first-time donors to give blood as soon as possible. All blood donors receive a wellness screen prior to donation. To find a blood drive close to you or to learn more about the donation process, call LifeSouth’s toll-free number, 1-888-795-2707 or make an appointment at www.lifesouth.org.