Friday, April 29, 2011

Close to my heart...

Please Pray for Alabama. 

Allen is from Birmingham and his entire family lives there.  We were watching the radar horrified as the tornados were leveling parts of the area, during video footage Allen would point to the landmarks he grew up with that were being destroyed.  He was constantly on the phone fielding calls from concerned friends and checking on his family.  His sister is a student at the University of Alabama and was just on the rim of campus when the tornado hit Tuscaloosa.

The tornado missed her by 800 yards.  

This is a portion of Gardendale where his parents live.
We are so incredibly grateful to God for sparing Allen's parents, grandparents and sister.  We don't know yet if all his friends are alright but we haven't heard anything so of course we're hoping the best. 

The devastation to the area is heart-breaking.
Borrowed from Layla at the Lettered Cottage

Chattanooga also sustained damage though not nearly as severe, our alma-mater, Covenant College, had to evacuate their entire campus for the year (as did the University of Alabama) as they have no electricity or water on Lookout Mountain.

Allen's father is part of the search and rescue in Birmingham.  If you are looking for ways to help in the relief effort please consider the following:
1. Cash donations: Donate to the Birmingham chapter of the Red Cross for the Alabama Tornado Relief fund.
  • Red Cross: Send the text message “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Red Cross: Donate at any Regions Bank branch.
  • Governor’s Tornado Relief Fund: Donate online or mail a check to Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, Box 1523, Montgomery, AL 36102.
  • Salvation Army: Send the text message “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
  • Salvation Army: Send checks to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339.
  • Southern Baptist Convention: Donate online.
2. Birmingham city council member Johnathan Austin says to volunteer, call the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency at (205) 254-2039.
3. Hands on Birmingham has already set up a volunteer group for tornado assistance. Sign up now, and the nonprofit group will contact you as opportunities arise.
4. Donate to an area food bank through the Alabama Food Bank Association website. (hat tip:Birmingham Bargain Mom)
5. Conserve water through Friday, as requested by the Birmingham Water Works and Sewer Board.
6. A Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa page has started on Facebook, mirroring the Tide for Toomer’s effort started in February.
7. A $50 donation to the Red Cross at the Talladega Superspeedway gives donors theopportunity to drive their cars on the track May 6-8.
8. Amanda Carlisle at A Few Short Cuts suggests using coupons to obtain needed items for freeto donate.

If you are in the area please visit this website for a list of drop-off sites and volunteer opportunities.
Of course our thoughts and prayers are with all those and their families affected by this disaster.
God bless you all.

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.  Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing. Ps 34:8-9 NIV

1 comment:

  1. such a enormous tragedy.... so sad.
    I am glad to hear that your family is safe. how scary for them to have gone through this.

    continued prayers to our southern friends...


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