Locals Helping Tornado Victims

[UPDATE] April 4, 2011

It's been a week since deadly tornadoes ripped through several southern states.

As survivors try to pick up the pieces, local efforts are underway to help provide relief.

Tallahassee mom Kitty Sangster keeps kids during the day. But, right now, her mini van is loaded with another type of precious cargo.

"Towels-we don't use all of our towels, everybody needs towels. Trash bags-it doesn't have to be brand new. You've got some in your garage, try to donate it."

Sangster is collecting items for the surviving victims of a tornado that killed at least 65 people and injured 1,000 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27th.

Sangster even made fliers, asking her neighbors to give.

Sangster said, "If everybody just put in one bar of soap, one trash bag, we could send so much that way. We can't always rely on the government to take care of everything."

Canopy Roads Baptist Church in Tallahassee also has a collection drive called, "Noles Ride for Tide."

The senior pastor, Matt Hall, says the donations will mainly go to the smaller communities in Alabama that were impacted by storms.

Hall grew up in Alabama.

He said, "We had a disaster a couple of times that hit our farm back in the mid-'70s and the '80s. We lost thousands of dollars worth of equipment and trees and so forth. So, I understand about the disaster and how it can impact rural families."

Hall says everyday items, such as toiletries, feminine products, shampoo, toothpaste and brushes, and non-perishable food are needed the most.

Church member Mark Stover said, "You see the magnitude of the damage. It's like, how are we ever going to fix it? If we all do our part, we'll get them through it."

See below for drop-off information, contact information, and the deadline to donate.


Tallahassee resident Kitty Sangster is collecting items to take to tornado-ravaged Alabama to help surviving victims.

Sangster's mother will be taking the items Thursday, May 12th and will make another trip on May 21st.

To donate, call 850-422-1757.

A couple in Perry is currently spearheading a drive for non-perishable food and goods for the victims of Rainsville, AL.

To donate to their collection efforts, contact (850) 672-0122 or fsualumna2004@yahoo.com

The following is a press release from Canopy Roads Baptist Church in Tallahassee:


Canopy Roads Baptist Church has launched "Noles Ride for Tide" in an effort to acquire donations to go to victims affected by the recent tornado disaster. Donations will be accepted May 2-May 13 and then will be taken to areas affected by the recent tragedy. Items being collected are: Toiletries (paper products, soap, deodorant, feminine products, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wash cloths, etc.), baby items (including diapers, wipes, and pull-ups), hand sanitizer, snack foods (individually wrapped and non-perishable), drinks (such as Gatorade and Powerade), sunscreen, pet products, and tarps. Monetary donations may be made out to Canopy Roads Baptist Church and marked "disaster relief". All proceeds will be given to disaster victims. The drop-off location is Canopy Roads Baptist Church, 925 Bannerman Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312. Drop-off hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. After hours donations may be dropped off in the covered area outside the church office. For more information please visit us at .

LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED: http://www.canopyroads.org/NRFT

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