Tornado Relief

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Dear Friends,

The last two weeks have been challenging for both our state and some of our communities here in southern Alabama.  Many of you have asked for updates about the area around Kamp Kiwanis and want to know how our sister council in North Alabama weathered the storm. You also have been wanting to help.
 
I am happy to report that the power is back on at Kamp Kiwanis and many of the surrounding areas, and the cleanup effort is in full swing.  Kamp Kiwanis has reopened and will available for all of its planned activities in the coming weeks.  The needs in that area are many, but specific things we are asking for include: water, furniture (many of the trailers being brought in to house families are unfurnished), general household items and clothes.  If you would like to contribute to the relief effort, we will collect items at both service centers and make sure they are delivered to those in need in the Eclectic area.
 
Also, Montgomery's Service Unit 914 is conducting a tornado relief drive at the Montgomery Service Center tomorrow (Saturday, May 7) from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  They will collect non-perishable food items, cleaning items, etc.  

Troop 7238 was already scheduled to host a recycling event at the Opelika Parks and Rec Center on Denson Drive, Sat. May 14 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. as part of the Junior troop's Bronze Award activity. However, they would like to extend the event to also help collect clean, gently used clothes, toiletries, and school supplies to help tornado victims. Any troop who would like to contribute are invited to come and drop off items during that time. These donations will be sent to the Montgomery office. Monica Frazier, Junior Troop leader and Julie Sosebee, Troop Leader

Please support them if you can!
 
Sadly, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama had significant damage in 31 of their 37 counties.  We understand that one Girl Scout lost her life and countless others have seen their homes destroyed.  However, the council will not know the full impact of the damage until power and communication lines are restored throughout their jurisdiction. You can also visit the North-Central Alabama website for details on what you can do to assist them.

Please join us in keeping those affected by the tornadoes in your thoughts during this difficult time.

Karlyn Edmonds
Chief Operating Officer
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama

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