UPDATE - Several organizations that were previously accepting donations have announced they are over capacity, which is a testament to the community in Lee County. That being said, please check with them before you donate. There are several GoFundMe’s popping up for individual families who lost loved ones and/or homes in the storm. If you are still wanting to donate, helping these people with a monetary contribution will go a long ways.
Sunday was a dark day in the communities surrounding Auburn, Alabama. By now, you’ve heard about the carnage the tornadoes caused in Beauregard and Smith’s Station, just a few miles down the road from the university. I would be outside my depth to try and cover the events like a true reporter, so all I can do is say that the College and Magnolia staff mourns for those who passed from the storms and for the communities affected by these tragic events.
If you’d like to find a way to help or contribute to disaster relief, we’ve tried to compile a list here. If you know of any others, please let us know and we will add to our list.
Red Cross - Donate to Red Cross of East Alabama here.
LifeSouth/EAMC - LifeSouth (EAMC’s blood supplier) is asking for blood donations. Blood can be donated at 505 E Thomason Cir, Opelika, AL 36801.
Youth for Christ - The East Alabama chapter of Youth for Christ is taking donations out to first responders. They’re asking for diapers, water, formula, granola bars, and work gloves. They’re located at 1400 N College St, Auburn, AL.
Church of the Highlands/Auburn Dream Center - The Auburn Dream Center is collecting items including bottled water, granola bars, diapers, formula, baby wipes, and hygiene products. The ADC is at 1103 Donahue Drive, Auburn, AL.
Campus Kitchen - If you’re on campus, Campus Kitchen, a student-led organization, is collecting canned food at Toomer hall in the Hill.
Montgomery EMA - Montgomery EMA is collecting hygiene items, formula, diapers, wipes, water, and non-perishable snacks.
St. Ellis Full Gospel on US Hwy 80 in Opelika, Alabama, is accepting non-perishable supplies such as blankets, starting at 11 a.m.
Auburn University College of Liberal Arts is accepting donations Monday, March 4, and Tuesday, March 5.
Auburn High School is accepting donations at Track Entry Gate on Monday, March 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Again, if you know of any other ways to help, please let us know and we will expand the list.