Birmingham Area Tornado Relief:: How To Help

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March 25th, 2021 is a date that is likely to stay in our minds for years to come, much like April 27, 2011. Many of us spent time huddled in safe places with family, friends, and pets at some point in the day. And sadly, many came out of their safe places to find unfathomable loss and damage to their homes and communities. Times like these test the resilience and generosity of our community. The needs in our area will be great in the coming days.

Below are ways that we can offer support to those who have been impacted by the storms. This list will continue to change as additional needs and services arise. 

Strongbox Self-Storage

The company is ready to help people who have storage needs.

147 Resource Center Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35242

Facebook post with details: https://www.facebook.com/StrongboxSelfStorageBham/posts/254107493029275

Oak Mountain High School

Collection and distribution of items will take place on Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27.
Drop off items between 8am-Noon both days
Pick up items for those in need from 1:00-5:00pm both days
 
The Distribution site is in the OMHS cafeteria, located near the backside of the school located closest to OMIS.
 
Accepted Items:
  • bottled water
  • toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shaving cream, razor, feminine products)
  • blankets (good condition)
  • non perishable food items (peanut butter or cheese crackers, nuts, granola bars, canned goods with pop tops like spaghetti and Mac n Cheese, juices, jelly, dried fruit, trail mix, crackers, peanut butter, bread)
  • towels
  • large totes/bags for carrying items
  • gift cards.

OMHS Head Cheer Coach, Bridgit Watkins, has set up a Venmo to be used towards relief for families in the community. (This has been verified.)
VENMO: @bridgit-watkins
SUBJECT: TORNADO RELIEF

Neighborhood Bridges

NeighborhoodBridges.org offers a space for communities to express needs and provides ways for neighbors to help. Check here periodically to see what needs are shared in surrounding communities.

Pelham Rec Center

UPDATE: Pelham has paused donations for now due to an overwhelming response. Here is a Facebook page to follow for updates: https://www.facebook.com/PelhamParksandRecreation/

The Pelham Rec Center will be accepting donations.
They are open weekdays from 7am to 8pm.

United Way of Alabama

Donations can be accepted online HERE or by texting “tornado” to 62644
They will also be organizing volunteers for relief clean-up.

Briarwood Christian School

Briarwood is accepting donations March 26 from noon to 6pm
Located at 6255 Cahaba Valley Rd, Birmingham, AL 35242 in the South campus gym

Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama Disaster Recovery Response

Donations may be made online HERE.
CFNEA provides funds for rebuilding, debris removal, replacement of lost belongings, and other needs.

Calhoun County Donations Center

Donations are being collected Friday, March 26th from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Calhoun County Agriculture Center, 4500 Bynum Leatherwood Road, Anniston, AL 36206

Those in need can pick up Saturday March 27th, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm from Ohatchee Senior Center, 7805 HWY 77, Ohatchee AL & Webster’s Chapel Church, 3091 New Liberty Rd, Ohatchee AL

Volunteer reception center: Friday March 26th, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Oak Bowery Church, 3300 AL 144, Ohatchee AL

Red Cross

Donations can be made online to The American Red Cross of Alabama and Mississippi 

More opportunities and needs will be updated as available. Please comment with any other suggestions for supporting our neighbors.

Stay Strong Birmingham!

 

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Katie, a native Alabamian, came to Birmingham in 2012 to pursue a master's from UAB in Mental Health Counseling. She works as a Licensed Professional Counselor in her practice, Present Wellness Counseling, LLC, as well as in a residential treatment center for substance abuse. She and her husband were married in 2007 and have a son, Harpin, who's been keeping them busy since 2016. She is learning daily how to bridge her child development background with real-life motherhood moments, and she is excited to share these experiences with her BMB readers. Katie loves any time spent outside, loves opening her home to share meals with friends, and loves her faith community. She practices yoga and Reiki, and leads meditation groups for developing self-compassion. You can find out more about her practice and her upcoming community trainings at her website, PresentWellnessCounseling.com.

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