Plains woman heads up effort to help tornado victims in Alabama
Wanda English Burnett
Reaching out to tornado victims in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, might
seem like a stretch to some, but not Tammy Welch, who says she
is basing her effort on the scripture that says you shall
love your neighbor as yourself.
Welch is spearheading the effort to not only gather items for
those who have endured these horrific storms, but to take the
items to them and volunteer there for a while.
I feel like its something I can do, Welch told
The Versailles Republican. She said hearing about the tragic
losses touched her heart and she knew she needed to do something.
But, Welch knows she cant do it alone. So she has asked
for help from her church, Cross Plains Church of Christ and sister
church, Versailles Church of Christ. Then, she opened it up to
the community asking anyone who is willing to give a little to
help make peoples lives in the south a little easier.
There are drop-off points set up at the Odyssey Salon, Ripley
Publishing Co., Friendship State Bank, and MainSource Bank in
Versailles; and both the Versailles and Osgood offices of the
United Community Bank.
Specific items needed include: baby supplies such as bottles,
formula, diapers, wipes, pacifiers, and sleepers. Non-perishable
food items are needed along with new or gently used clothing in
all sizes and childrens tennis shoes.
Toiletries are needed along with paper towels, bottled water,
Gatorade, sunscreen, and small toys to entertain children.
Schools, along with all their supplies have been obliterated in
the storms that swept through the south killing hundreds of people.
They are in need of school supplies, coolers, flashlights, tarps
(black and blue), work gloves, trash bags, and cloth grocery bags.
Some members of the Welch family will be personally taking the
items to Tuscaloosa, where Tammy has been in close contact with
the United Way. She looks at it as not only a mission for the
churches involved, but a mission for everyone to reach across
the miles and touch someone with love in the form of material
goods that are sorely needed.
The deadline to have items at a drop off point is Monday, May
Eric and Tammy Welch have also opened their home on Sunday from
15 p.m. for those who would like to bring items directly
to them. They are located South of Cross Plains on State Road