Cool Idea to Help Tornado Victims

The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and other organizations mobilized soon after the deadly and destructive tornado outbreak earlier this month. Giving money to them is a great way to help disaster victims get immediate assistance.

Here’s another great idea, and something that anyone with a connection to any disaster area can set up.

Project Support Tuscalooosa made contact with a church in the affected area, and they’re encouraging people to buy needed supplies through Amazon and have them shipped directly to the church. Now, I haven’t researched anything about this church, and I would suggest that you look them up online, call and talk to someone, and do whatever it takes to feel confident that you’re sending aid to people who need it.

It’s such a simple idea. The information can be spread through blog posts, Facebook updates, Tweets, or emails. This is really about friends helping friends. Or friends of friends.

A lot of people have lost everything in the Mississippi River floods, and more people are going to need help as the water rushes south. If you know someone in the area, talk to them. They may know a church or community organization that’s helping people. If the organization has an address where the donations can be received, sorted and distributed, the next step is to find out what they need.

Sometimes churches serve meals to hundreds of people, both the homeless and the relief workers. They may be providing temporary shelter for those who lost homes. Immediate and urgent needs are always water, food, toiletries. If they have ages and sizes, someone who wants to help can send clothing, toys, books, games — to keep both adults and children occupied when they have a few moments to relax.

Until noon on Thursday, May 12, you can spread the word about this endeavor and earn chances to win a $25 gift card to Amazon.com from Anna & Essie. What you buy with the gift card is up to you. The more people who know about Project Support Tuscaloosa, the more victims will get help.

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About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have three cats and a husband.
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