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« on: April 29, 2011 06:57:36 AM »

Hello everyone. I'm a resident of the state of Alabama, where just 48 hours ago a terrible line of tornados destroyed thousands of homes and cost almost 200 people their lives.  Right now, people are working around the clock to get food, water, and shelter to those in need.  Some major cities and countless small communities are predicted to go without electrical service and water for weeks.  The rebuilding effort is going to take years.

I really want to do something for the victims of these storms.  Anyone out there have any ideas?  I have never done any non-profit organizing in my life, but I think those of us on Craftster can make a positive impact somehow.  Most people's immediate needs are being met, but I have feeling that as the weeks continue this mess will gradually disappear from people's thoughts.  All the small towns affected will probably be forgotten even sooner.  This makes me especially sad, because I grew up in just such a community named Cordova.   It was virtually destroyed Wednesday, leaving six people dead.  Thankfully my family was spared. 

I'm pretty sure ya'll feel the same way as I do about crafty, homemade things.  They make us feel better, and can make an ordinary and/or temporary place feel like home.  Something which these displaced folks could appreciate.  I am asking for help for these people.  I just don't know how to get things started.  Any advice is GREATLY appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2011 07:10:21 AM »

Even though it's pretty warm there right now I suspect. Blankets are always good. Also, toys for children. Clothing is great. Maybe things like soap. I would contact the red cross and see what they need (besides money) or maybe local craft stores to see if they are doing anything for the area. Check with charities that you are interested in and see what kind of relief work they are doing and what they need.

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