Alumni groups around the country are pitching in to lend support to residents in Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas impacted by the tornadoes that roared through the area last week. One group known as "Toomers 4 Tuscaloosa," made up of Auburn University and University of Alabama alumni, has established collection points in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Local organizers say they will collect items that will be sent to the areas hardest hit by the storms.
Trucks will be on site at 6060 North Central Expressway in Dallas at the Prescott Realty Group on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. collecting the following items: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, baby wipes, diapers, formula, diaper cream, sunscreen, shampoo/conditioner, allergy medicine, band aids, First Aid cream, tweezers, hair brushes, baby food and supplies, pacifiers, over the counter medicines, batteries (9v, AAA, AA and D), contact solution, feminine products, toilet paper, plastic plates and utensils, napkins/paper towels, charcoal, bottled water, Gatorade, non-perishable food items, air mattresses, sleeping bags, Chap Stick, flashlights, dog and/or cat food, towels, matches, two-way radios, tents, can openers, work gloves, underwear (all sizes both sexes), chain saws and chain saw oil, socks, power bars, insect repellent and tarps.
There is more information available online at collection sites and various volunteer opportunities throughout the US, and in Texas at http://www.toomers4tuscaloosa.com. The University of Alabama is offering information on relief efforts online at http://www.ua.edu/tornadorelief.