LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A volunteer reception center has been established at Smith Station Baptist Church for people who want to lend a helping hand to those impacted by the tornados in southeast Alabama.
The church is located at 2460 Lee Road 430, Smiths Station, AL.
The volunteer center is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. CT each day. All volunteers must report to this designated area for dispatch to areas in need, as many areas are blocked off by closed roads and detour signage.
The United Way will be operating the center and providing volunteers with arm bands that will grant them access through check points.
If you wish to make a donation, the Donation Warehouse in Smiths Station is also accepting items at 15691 US Highway 280 E, Smiths Station, AL. Contact Todd Terrell at (225) 806-0746
Items needed: tarps, dry goods, gloves, shovels, cleanup items, trash bags, totes up to 18 gallons.
Another Emergency Aid Station is located at 32 Lee Rd. 562, Smiths Station, 36877– Opened daily, 10 a.m. CST to Dark.
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In addition, Alabama’s Red Cross opened a shelter in Opelika, Ala. to send aid to those affected by the tornados.
The Auburn United Methodist Church shelter – 137 S. Gay St. Auburn, AL 36830 – Open as of March 7, 2019 at 6 p.m. CST. House pets are not allowed at this shelter, but service animals are.
Emergency Aid Station Locations:
11186 AL Hwy 51, Opelika, AL, 36804– Opened daily, 10 a.m. CST to Dark