You may be aware of the April 27, 2011 storm that demolished many homes and businesses in the state of Alabama. Not only did the storm destroy buildings, it also destroyed lives. The state has confirmed over 200 deaths. In Tuscaloosa alone over 5,000 structures were damaged by the storm, more than 1,000 were injured, and some still have not been found.
The devastation this state is facing is unreal. President Obama and his wife toured the destruction in Tuscaloosa a few days after the storm and he said, "I've never seen devastation like this. It is heartbreaking." Alabama is facing immediate challenges for basic survival needs of those affected by the storm. However, the need does not end there. Alabama is looking at years of rebuilding from this disaster.
I have set up a fund called the ‘Sweet Home Fund’ to provide assistance for residents of Alabama who were impacted by the storm. Many of you have already contacted me to see if there is anything you or your organization can do to aid recovery in our great state. We welcome any monetary donations you are willing to make to the Sweet Home Fund. Our goal is to raise $100,000 to go to those affected by the tornado within the state.
Please send all monetary donations to Sweet Home Fund c/o Bryant Bank, 1550 McFarland Blvd. N., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406. You can contact the bank at 205-464-4646 with any questions. The Sweet Home Fund is a designated fund of the Alma Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charity. You can visit www.sweethomefund.com for more information and please watch the following video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYmCC4jUSjU.
We appreciate your help in this project that hits so close to home.
Anthony Grant The University of Alabama
Courtesy ESPN.com written by Andy Katz
Alabama coach Anthony Grant and his staff spent Friday afternoon passing out supplies to families throughout the hardest-hit areas of Tuscaloosa from the deadly tornado that ravaged the state Wednesday. Now he's hoping to do even more.
Grant created a fund Friday morning at Bryant Bank in Tuscaloosa in response to the countless text messages he said he received from colleagues in the college basketball community asking how they can help those in need. The storm is blamed for 316 deaths in six Southern states. A reported 36 people died in Tuscaloosa alone, according to an official report.
"We're trying to do whatever we can to help buy meals, anything since these people lost everything,'" said Grant by phone as he was driving away from the devastation Friday. "Some people were smart enough to leave their homes but they came back to rubble."
Grant told ESPN.com's Andy Katz he and his staff spent the afternoon distributing supplies to families. He is scheduled to participate in a telethon to raise money and also has set up a fund to help storm victims.
"It is comforting to see and know that there is a large mass of people trying to provide assistance and help any way they can," Grant said in a statement.
At Tennessee, senior John Fields and freshman Tobias Harris went to the regional blood bank and helped urge others to donate.
"We're going to donate blood for the victims of the tornado, give back to the community, give back and show that we really care about stuff like this," Harris said.