It was the day before Valentine’s Day, an ordinary Monday at United Way of Central Alabama, when Rose and Daniel Yarbrough walked in. Their mission was special — to make a gift that would help tornado survivors as they were helped last year.
The Yarbroughs see themselves as fortunate, since their home suffered minor damage compared to many that were destroyed in April of 2011 across Alabama. But mold and mildew prevented them from staying there while repairs were completed, and they feared becoming homeless. A call to the 2-1-1 line operated by UWCA connected them with resources that they used to stay in a hotel while their home was repaired.
That’s a great result for the generous gifts of donors who responded to tornado needs last year. But the story doesn’t end there. The Yarbroughs wanted to do some giving of their own to support the organizations that helped them. Now, with this gift of $1,400, they can help others who are still suffering.
The Yarbroughs’ gift brought a round of applause from the members of the Central Alabama Long Term Recovery Committee, including Gus Heard-Hughes of the Community Foundation, as the group met later that afternoon to consider the needs of so many tornado survivors still struggling to get back on their feet.
Your gift to the Emergency Response Fund can make a difference too, as we continue to reach out to survivors of the 2011 and 2012 tornadoes and other natural disasters. Together we can do so much more.