The Toomers for Tuscaloosa organization is working to help storm victims in Moore, Oklahoma. The small town has been devastated by a tornado that struck Monday afternoon, killing dozens. Toomers for Tuscaloosa came together after tornadoes ravaged Tuscaloosa and other parts of Alabama in April 2011. Since then, the grassroots group has organized donation efforts for other devastated areas across the nation, including the area devastated by Hurricane Sandy last fall and New Orleans.
Within hours of news breaking of the devastation in Moore, Oklahoma, the Toomers 4 Tuscaloosa Facebook page lit up with posts trying to connect donors and volunteers with designated drop off locations. Holly Shirley, who manages the Facebook page for the group, told News 3 that they are organizing donations from across the state of Alabama and even in Georgia. Those donations will be packed into an 18 wheeler for the trip to Oklahoma. The truck leaves from Birmingham on Saturday.
Shirley says they will not be accepting used clothing donations, as those will be donated locally and are not easy to transport. They mainly are asking for gift cards for Target and Walmart. But necessities are also needed. You're encouraged to donate through the Toomers for Tuscaloosa Crowdrise page to streamline donations. In our area, you can drop off items at the Auburn University Medical Clinic.