How you can Help the Tornado Victims of 4/27

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Tornado Relief Efforts

April 27th was a day of devastation and destruction in the South. Family, friends, and neighbors have lost their homes, posessions, pets, and loved ones. I have never seen anything like the devastation that surrounds me and am beyond blessed to have escaped unharmed. Many of you have asked how you can help. The communities have come together and are truly reaching out to those who have been affected. There, but for the Grace of God, go I.

Here are ways YOU can help.

  • Pray! People need prayer more than anything right now.
  • Blood Assurance needs donations! Especially O- and B-. It won’t cost you a thing but time and a tiny bit of pain. Call 800 962-0628 for more information.
  • The Red Cross is out in full force in the affected areas. To make a donation, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
  • The Salvation Army is also highly visible in the area. They are out in force and not leaving anytime soon. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.  Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888.
  • Ace & TJ from Kiss FM are raising money for Alabama victims. Get more information here: http://www.acetj.com/tornado.php
  • Chattanooga Relief Radio & TV stations have teamed up with Bi-Lo and are accepting donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries. Read about it here: http://www.kisschattanooga.com/pages/help.html
  • CLEVELAND, TN: There is a drop off point at Park View Elementary. Right now they need hamburger and hot dog buns, ice, diapers, and toiletries. They will be accepting donations all day today.
  • CLEVELAND, TN: Candies Creek Baptist coordinating volunteers. To help, call 423-479-3731.

There are many more churches and organizations involved in taking donations. Please keep an eye on WRCBTV.com and The Chattanooga Times Free Press for more information. Follow them on facebook to find posts from community members who are coordinating relief efforts.

Even if you don’t have money to donate, there are things you can do. If you have a decent stockpile built up from couponing, go to that stockpile now and help people who have lost everything. Donate blood or your time to the victims around you. Or, just text “Give” to 80888 to make an instant $10 donation to the Salvation Army.

If you know of other relief efforts or drop off locations, please leave a comment to let others know!

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For CLEVELAND, TN: Park View Relief has two staging centers; One at Park View Elementary on Minnis Rd and one on Dalton Pike at what used to be AJ’s Market. Please keep an eye on the facebook page for up-to-the-minute info on specific needs. http://www.facebook.com/?closeTheater=1#!/pages/Park-View-Relief/188864211160383