Madison school, county commission join to collect supplies for tornado victims

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Liberty Middle School and Madison County Commission District 2 are joining to collect items for victims of Thursday’s tornadoes down south.

Starting Monday, March 29, and ending on April 2, people can drop supplies at two locations so they can be taken to Jefferson and Shelby counties, which were hit hard by tornadoes on Thursday.

Items needed include nonperishable food items, drinks, tarps, plastic storage containers, toiletries and hygeine items, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning products, work gloves, rakes, shovels and brooms. Animals shelters in the area also need pet food and portable kennels for misplaced animals that have been taken in.

“we just need to help people,” donation donor Kay Reeves said.

Reeves and her husband drove all the way from Athens to take part in Liberty Middle School’s donation drive for victims of last week’s storms in the Birmingham area.

“These tornadoes are real and they happen to real people,” Reeves said. “I want to share with people who lost so much.”

Liberty Middle School Principal Shannon Brown says he felt compelled to start the drive because of his daughter, Loryn, who died in the Tuscaloosa tornadoes of 2011.

“There’s a lot of families out there that have lost everything, our hearts go out to those folks and what little we can do here at Liberty Middle School is just a drop in the bucket, a big bucket at that,” Brown said.

District 2’s County Commissioner Steve Haraway has years of experience helping storm victims for both tornadoes and hurricanes.

Once he learned of the school’s plan, he wanted to lend an additional donation site at the Madison county service center. He’s also lending transportation.

“In the county we have multiple trailers that we can haul it in. So we try to get everything together, get in on palettes, organize it, load it up and take it there ourselves,” Haraway said.

He said tarps, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items are definitely items they need, in addition to nonperishable food and water.

Brown said this is more than just a donation drive, it’s a teaching moment not only for the students, but for all of us to learn when it’s time to help a neighbor in need.

“Whenever you have the opportunity to teach beyond the content, we welcome that because no doubt, at some point in time, everybody’s going to need somebody and quite frankly, Middle Schoolers, they can make a difference,” Brown said.

Items can be dropped off at the District 2 commission office located at 100 Plaza Blvd. in Madison between 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. or at the front office of Liberty Middle, located at 281 Dock Murphy Dr., during school hours. County crews will deliver supplies to families in need the following weekend.

Haraway said with COVID-19 still being a fear for many, they can also order items on Amazon and have them sent straight to the District 2 office at 100 Plaza Boulevard, Suite 2, Madison, AL 35758.

More information can be gotten by calling the Madison County Commission District 2 office at 256-532-1590 or Liberty Middle School at 256-430-0001.

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