Alabama Tornado Relief

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As you may know, either by direct observation or from the news depending on where you live, a rash of tornadoes and severe storms tore across the south one week ago today. My home state of Alabama was particularly devastated. Though all of my friends and family were unharmed, only having to deal with week-long (or still ongoing) power-outages, many others have lost loved-ones, homes and livelihoods. At the time of this writing, 328 people have lost their lives with 236 of those being from Alabama, with many more missing (if you live in Alabama, please visit the Facebook pages for Missing persons and Missing Animals and this list for those missing in Tuscaloosa.) If you haven’t already, take a look at these two videos showing the massive tornado that tore through town and then a fly-over of the aftermath:

Tuscaloosa, the home of my alma-mater, a place I called home for three years, was quite literally torn asunder. While the university was virtually untouched, much of the rest of the city took the brunt of the storm, including the school at which my wife first taught (University Place Elementary) and the church she and I attended together. After the disaster, my wife immediately sprung to action and held a donation drive at her current school to collect much-needed supplies which we’ll be taking down there this weekend. So, I started trying to come up with some way I could help as well, and below is what I came up with (click the image to enlarge):

Purchase a ‘Help Heal Alabama: Tornado Relief 2011′ T-Shirt


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