Locals work to help storm victims
Published 8:53 am Monday, March 5, 2007
By By Lydia Grimes
Despite day-long watches and warnings, Brewton was spared any storm damage Thursday - but area groups are working on projects to help those who were in harm's way.
The storm system that moved through Escambia County on Thursday morning hit Enterprise just after lunch, destroying several neighborhoods and the town's high school. Eight students were killed at the school when the roof and walls collapsed.
Now a group of local high school students is reaching out to their peers on the other side of the state. W.S. Neal High School's Neal Eagle Ambassadors Club will collect school supplies to be delivered to Enterprise High School.
Supplies and monetary donations will be accepted at the high school guidance office on Monday.
Local residents also have several other opportunities to donate to the storm victims. Across the state, 20 people were killed, including at least one in Wilcox County.
Gov. Bob Riley has announced an information phone line and Web site for volunteers and those who want to assist. The information line is 1-877-273-5018 or visit online at www.servealabama.gov.
Financial contributions will go to assist Alabama victims affected by the disaster whose losses are not covered by insurance or Federal Emergency Management Agency claims resulting from a disaster or emergency.
The governor's office also asks for monetary donations, which can be used everywhere.
If you wish to donate to the Red Cross send your donations to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37295, Washington D.C. 20013, attention of J. Porter. If you wish your donation to go toward this disaster or any specific disaster, please indicate on your check.