COXEY, Ala. (WHNT) - In Limestone County, some of the tornado victims escaped Monday's storm with only the clothes they were wearing. As we worked our way through the ravaged communities Tuesday and Wednesday, we saw some of the same people, still wearing the same clothes they had on Monday. Several members of the Clements Volunteer Fire Department also saw this and the wife of one firefighter decided to take action. So early Friday morning, they opened a drop point for both new and used clothing to help the storm victims get by.
The effort began officially at 7 o'clock Friday morning and within just a few hours, hundreds of garments had been collected and more was coming in the door. Most relief agencies don't want to accept donations of used clothing because of the time and labor involved in sorting it and making certain it's clean and usable. That's where Pam Clark comes in. She and a few friends literally borrowed a building, the old Catfish Inn on Highway 72, and began accepting used clothes and baby items that they will give to anyone in the community who needs it.
"And it just kept bothering me and bothering me and I just decided I'm going to find me a place and I'm gonna do it," Clark told WHNT News 19.
Social media got the effort underway, and then WPI Roofing and Construction of Florence decided to get involved to help.
Company owner Benji Wilson told us, "They really they need immediate help with this clothing and we're just trying to do our part and give back to the community. Now we're set up over in Florence where our corporate office is and I want to ask anybody that's watching to please come over there and drop off clothes and non-perishable food items. We're bringing a truck over every day, when it gets loaded, we'll bring a truck and our trailer over here."
Whats more, if storm victims can't get to their site on Highway 72, just call. They'll deliver what you need.
Here's the telephone number if you have items to donate, or if you're in need, it's 256-221-3658.