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Local Family Starts Tornado Relief Effort: NOVA for BAMA
Local Family Starts Tornado Relief Effort: NOVA for BAMA


Catherine Haynes was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When she received word of the tornados hitting her hometown and surrounding areas, she decided to take action locally.

Soon after hearing about the great losses in her family’s neighborhood, Catherine Haynes was talking to her husband and said, “I feel helpless and I don’t feel like I can help my parents. I feel like we ought to get together and try to help the community as a whole, since I am not there to actually help them get the tree off the house, or get the yard straight."

The couple decided to put the relief effort online and see how many people they could get behind them. The Facebook fan page has grown to over 160 “likes” and is a place where you can find the various drop-off locations, as well as a list of supplies needed. Home goods have become a particular identified need by the aid centers.

“Now the needs are becoming even more broad, such as bedding and cooking supplies, because people are moving into temporary housing,” said Bruce Haynes.

The Haynes family will pack up their rental truck on Thursday evening to get ready for the 13-hour drive to drop off the supplies in Tuscaloosa. They plan to leave at noon on Friday, May 13th and request all of the goods be dropped off by 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12th so they can get everything properly packed and labeled.

After this trip, and another trip over Memorial Day weekend, the Haynes family hopes to take this project a step further. They plan to partner up Tuscaloosa families with families in Northern Virginia to help them get back on their feet throughout the year. 

“We’re going to assess everything once we get there and see if we can possibly adopt families so we can connect families there with families here to really provide more assistance to individual families after we make this broad delivery,” said Catherine Haynes. 


These are the collection points for the rest of the week through Thursday:  McLean Presbyterian Church, 1020 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA 22101 
Purple Strategies, 815 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314
Fairfax Community Church, 11451 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
Planned Systems International, 3717 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204
Christ Church of Arlington, 3020 North Pershing Drive, Arlington VA 22201

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