Small things…big impacts
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 4 months since tornadoes took several rural Alabama towns literally to the ground. For those of us who don’t see the recovery taking place everyday it’s easy to think that things are cleaned up and rebuilding is well underway…but in some areas it literally still looks like the storms came through days ago. It’s shocking how far so many still have to go. Thankfully there are still people working, people donating, and people making a difference. In light of that, I’ve decided to post several small ways that we could all make a small difference. Small differences add-up!
For the cost of a stamp you can: Collect Box Tops & Soup Labels
Box Tops are found on various General Mills products that you already buy, like Avery, Scott, Cottonelle, Pillsbury, and other product packaging. For example we by Cascadian Farms granola bars, and they have Box Tops on them. We cut them off the packaging before it goes into the trash or recycle bin, collect them in a ziplock bag in our kitchen and mail them in once a month or so. Same goes for Campbell’s soup labels…especially with cooler temperatures just around the corner (hopefully).
Box Tops 4 Hackleburg
This is a grass roots endeavor on Facebook, put together by a Birmingham mom and attorney to collect Box Tops for Hackleburg, Alabama schools. Hackleburg schools were destroyed which means they are starting over.She plans to deliver everything collected mid-September so you still have time to mail them a few!
Click here for more information & Shipping Information
Box Tops for Schools Damaged by Tornadoes
This is another Facebook group started by a mom in North Alabama. She is working to collect General Mills Box Tops as well as Campbell’s Labels for Education. Whereas the group above is focusing on Hackleburg, Alabama schools, this group is working to distribute their collections amoung several schools effected by the April tornadoes. They have already shipped collections to several schools in multiple states and are working with the coordinators of other effected schools to keep the effort going. Click here for more information & shipping information
For the cost of shipping you can: Share pre-loved baby items
Boots on the Ground 365
This is a group of moms also near the Birmingham, Alabama area who have set out to help expectant moms who lost everything on April 27th gather the things they need to bring their new babies. They are looking for new or pre-loved but in great shape baby items to help these families focus on the new blessing in their life, and even throw full baby showers for these moms-to-be. One of the families they are helping is from my hometown…they lost so much more that most of us could even fathom, and these ladies are making a huge difference. Click here for more information & Shipping Information
For less than $10 you can: Donate school supplies for devastated areas
Magnolia Disaster Relief
This is a group from the Atlanta, Georgia area. They came together after the Tuscaloosa tornado, as volunteers from various organizations came together to help get relief items to the more rural areas that were effected by the storms. Their mission is to aid our neighbors who have been affected by disasters (tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes, etc.). We especially focus on areas that have been overlooked by national media and national organizations such as the Red Cross or United Way. They work directly with rescue squads in these areas to make sure that only the needed items are brought in, and that they are taken to places where they can be distributed to those in need. Now post-tornado they are working to make “hit kits” with all the essentials (water, food, toiletries, tarps, etc) for a small community affected by a disaster (tornado, hurricane, flood, fire, etc). The kits will be stored throughout the Southeast and be delivered to communities directly after a disaster strikes. Then, they will work directly with rescue squads in these areas to match requests for help with resources to meet those requests.
One of the projects they are working on right now is gathering school supplies for the children in these rural areas who are still recovering post-storm. Click here for a list of items needed & shipping instructions and click on their logo above to learn a bit more about them and the ways you might be able to help them out!