I knew that I couldn't remember a more horrible tornado outbreak in Alabama, but it has now been determined that the tornadoes of April 27, 2011 were the worst outbreak in the USA since 1925! We are very thankful that the death toll number has been going down, not up, as they are better able to document individual deaths.
But there are so many who have lost everything they had. Whole towns are just gone, wiped off the face of the earth, to the point that you can see the swath of the tornado paths from satellite images! The biggest one that went through Alabama was well over a mile wide and stayed on the ground for over 80 miles, with winds in excess of 200 miles per hour.
Since we're Baptist, here's the link to donate to help the tornado survivors through the Alabama Baptist State Mission Board. The Salvation Army, the Red Cross, and United Way would be good places to take local donations of goods or send money, as there will be a need for LOTS of money.
You can also MAIL a box of toys or baby clothes in good clean condition.
Our Free Plush Memories Lost Toy Search Service is available to any family member or friend of a tornado-stricken family. We will give Top Priority to searches for the special stuffed animal, doll, or blankie that a child has lost.
ALL orders shipped to Alabama from our Dirty Butter Plush Animal Shoppe will receive a 50% Discount through June 30th, in the hopes that this will help out of state family members to send toys to loved ones struck by the tornado. And anyone who has a lovie shipped to Alabama who did not suffer directly from the damage will be encouraged to donate the other half to disaster relief.
PLEASE find a way that YOU can HELP!