Tornado recovery help is desperately needed in Mount Hope, Alabama. Because it’s a small farming town, Mount Hope isn’t getting the supplies that the larger areas are. Although the Red Cross and National Guard have been through the town, they can’t set up and stay there like they are doing in cities such as Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.
The people of Mount Hope are grateful for the assistance they’ve received, but they much more as they try to get their lives back in order. It’s pretty much one of those cases where no matter how much the people want to do things on their own, or with the help of their tight knit community, there’s something holding them back.
Stores are about 20 miles away, but there’s gas is being rationed at the pumps. So many homes are destroyed that people have nothing – no clothing, no household supplies, no way to cook, no food, etc. They have to start all over again. And besides the people in the area, their farm animals require food and water.
My friend Jenn has close family friends living in Mount Hope. She and her family have been there to bring supplies and offer whatever help they can. She wrote about the immensity of the damage in Mount Hope and is raising money and asking for donations of supplies. Jenn is a kind and goodhearted person who I’ve known for about 4 years. Even though she has a young child, she, her husband (who is unemployed) and her mother-in-law are disrupting their lives for this cause.
She has set up a ChipIn page and widget which you can add to your blog to help spread the word.
She is also collecting supplies. They will be making a trip to Mount Hope on May 11th, but will go back as needed. You can contact her if you’d like to donate (jshusterman @ charter . net)
Needed Items Include:
- ant poison, bug spray (if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever been to the Southern states in the Summer months you know bug spray is a must while clearing through the rubble)
- trash bags (for clearing rubble)
- baby wipes and diapers
- hand sanitizer
- toiletries and personal care items
- laundry detergent
- rubber gloves and work gloves (for clearing rubble)
- shampoo, conditioner, and soaps
- paper towels, paper plates, disposable cups and plastic silverware
- first aid supplies
- horse feed, chicken feed, cat food, dog food
- financial contributions (to buy supplies and provide the families with money to help purchase more of the items they need as they get back on their feet)
Also needed (but not immediately) are items to help these families recover when they find homes.
- pots, pans, cooking utensils
- sheets and other bedding
- other household items
- gift cards to purchase other items that will be needed
Please consider writing a post, tweeting about this, sharing on Facebook, etc. to get the tornado recovery help that is needed in Mount Hope, Alabama.