Verizon Wireless Gives Back, Prepares Kids For Severe Weather

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  In the midst of tornado season, one local company wants to make sure north Alabama's children are prepared.

Each month, Verizon Wireless Call Center employees get to break away from the daily grind and do something to make a difference through the Verizon Foundation.

Employees have written cards to the troops, made super hero capes for children in Huntsville Hospital and Tuesday they created disaster preparedness kits for kids.

Inside each kit is a pack of tissues, some wet wipes, a mini flashlight, and some bandaids. But the most special part of each disaster kit is they are decorated by the person who put the pack together. They feature inspirational sayings like "Keep Smiling" and "You are Loved" to Ninja Turtles and beach scenes.

"I know how it feels to be affected by tornadoes or fires and to lose stuff," said Ashley Sledge, a Verizon Employee who put together three disaster kits.  "These bags can give them some type of security as far as somebody cares about me.  Here's something I can show my friends. It's just something personal."

Organizers set at goal of 450 disaster preparedness kits by the end of the morning. The bags will be distributed to children through the Salvation Army in north Alabama to distribute the relief kits to children.

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