In northern Alabama, residents continue to pick up the pieces from last week's disastrous tornadoes that ripped through several communities. But in Bay County, business owners are stepping in to provide some much needed relief.
From above, it's nothing but devastation. "When we got there, I was overwhelmed. I had never seen anything like it." Christopher Lane Gilmer says, owner of Xtreme Lawn Service says."
Gilmer traveled to Center Point, AL last week to witness the damage first hand. The city located just northeast of Birmingham, was hit hard by a tornado that left trees uprooted, homes knocked off their foundation and debris thrown everywhere.
"You see it on TV, you see the pictures and stuff and it just looks horrible, but to stand there and see it, it's as far as your eye can see." Gilmer says.
While residents continue to piece their lives back together, Bay County businesses want them to know that help is on its way. "Just knowing that there are people in need and the people in need are people that support our community, through spring break, summer and winter vacations made it feel important to me to support them." Amanda Gilmer says.
Boxes provided by Two Men and A Truck are ready to be filled with supplies for the victims. Once they are filled, organizers say they will be loaded into trucks and delivered to the disaster zones.
"When the donations stop, that's when we'll stop. So hopefully they don't stop any time soon. We want to get a whole lot of stuff to help whoever we can, as quickly as we can. So we're asking people to help in any way possible." Drew Worthington says.
If you would like to donate to the victims of last week's tornados, you can drop them off at any of these three locations:
Monetary donations can be written out to THE SALVATION ARMY & note on memo line TORNADO SURVIVORS OF 1/23/2012
Mail Items to: 108 Plaza Circle, Suite E Alabaster, AL 35007
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Aimee Gilmer with Xtreme Lawn (850)258-2394
Victim Wish List: