Chambers County springs into action to help Lee County tornado victims
BY DUSTIN DUNCAN, TIMES-NEWS
VALLEY — The Greater Valley Area is coming together to help neighboring Lee County after it was ravaged Sunday by a killer tornado that killed more than 20 people. On Monday, the Chambers County School District began collecting relief supplies for tornado victims at all of its schools. Those supplies will be loaded onto a semi tractor-trailer Tuesday afternoon and transported to Lee County. Supplies will be collected through Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Students from Valley High School were sorting clothes and goods during their psychical education periods or off-hours Monday afternoon. Valley High School teacher Laurie Phillips said it was a coordinated effort from all the schools in the county.
“We are all collecting stuff to sending it down to help those in need,” she said. Valley High School Assistant Principal Casey Chambley said the school district is stepping up during their neighbor’s time of need.
“Many have lost loved ones and their entire belongings in the blink of an eye,” Chambley said in a news release. “School students that we interact with in our sports programs have been affected, and we want to step up and give them the support they desperately need.”
Items such as non-perishable food, clothing, personal hygiene products, water and cleaning supplies are being contributed by parents, students and school personnel throughout the district. For those wanting to send supplies to Lee County directly, they should be taken the Church of The Highlands in Auburn, Providence Baptist Church or Greater Peace Baptist Church. Law enforcement officials in the Lee County area are asking individuals to stay out of the affected area unless they are a resident so search and rescue teams can perform their duties.
The Community Foundation of East Alabama has establishment a Lee County Disaster Relief Fund for donors seeking an official way to contribute monetary relief efforts. A news release from the organization said the foundation will receive, hold and disperse monies contributed to this fund in a manner deemed appropriate by the CFEA Board of Directors with input from the Lee County Emergency Management Agency and members of a Disaster Relief Committee. Contributions may be made on the Community Foundation of East Alabama’s website, directly to the Lee County Disaster Relief Fund or mailed to the Community Foundation of East Alabama.