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Book Sales Donated to Give Tuscaloosa

Author Hense R. Ellis II presented a check for about $600 to us today. The funds were generated by selling his book Law School, a legal thriller set on the UA campus. Thanks, Mr. Ellis! We’ll put it to good use through our non-profits doing storm recovery work. Learn more about the book at It’s for sale online, at the Alabama Book Store and the Chamber office at 2200 University Blvd.

Grants Awarded by The Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund

Family Counseling Services$15,828 -Additional Part-time counselors for residents affected by the tornadoes.

Forest Lake Baptist$25,000- Purchase, store, and distrubute funiture to families affected by the storm.

West AL Food Bank$25,000-Restocking pantries of 500 households.

Tuscaloosa’s One Place$21,065 -Backpacks and supplies for affected school children.

Legal Services of AL$53,000 -Assisting those below poverty level in applying for disaster assistance, supporting their claims and representing them in court.

Calvary Baptist Church$177,840 - Moving costs, rental assistance and utility deposits for impacted residents of Rosedale Court.

Police Athletic League -  $5,000 -Funds provided by the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission for special programs for children impacted by the tornadoes.

Boys & Girls Club$15,000 – Replace education, technology, and art supplies destroyed by the tornado.

UA Law Clinical Programs -  $10,000 -Temporary, part-time attorney(s) to help give free legal assistance to those needing help with disaster-related issues.

Family Counseling Services -  $7,500 – Counseling school children in the areas affected by the storms.

Forest Lake Baptist - $15,000 – Building supplies to be dispensed to families rebuilding.

Temporary Emergency Services$96,600 – Helping individuals and families with needs such as deposits, furniture, housing and transportation repairs, moving costs, and needs not met by insurance companies. Also, for the rental of addition warehouse space for storage of items donated for disaster relief.

Kid One Transport$5,000 - Subsidize the replacement of the Tuscaloosa area transport vehicle destroyed by the April 27th tornado.

UA Arboretum -  $10,438.70 - Tree bank, where donated trees will be collected, stored and maintained for later distribution to the community.

Family Counseling Services - $15,288 - Cover costs of temporary staff from May 2011-2012 to handle increase volume of free counseling for storm victims.  

Forest Lake Baptist$25,000 - Personal supplies for needy families displaced by the storms.

Forest Lake Baptist$25,000 - Replacement furniture for needy family impacted by the storms.

Good Samaritan Clinic$3,900 - Basic healthcare supplies for impacted individuals.

Community Service Programs of West Alabama$340,500 - Increase the available lower income housing units in the Tuscaloosa area which will be used for displaced tornado victims. Funds will be used to convert vacant, delapidated units into usable housing.

PARA Foundation$80,737.95 - Cost associated with providing temporary emergency shelters for individuals impacted by the tornadoes.

Greater Alabama Health Network$20,000 - Assist maternity patients impacted by the tornado.

DCH Foundation$100,000 - Support the extraordinary costs incurred by DCH Health Systems in providing emergency response services to tornado victims.

Big Brothers Big Sisters$60,000 - Provide additional support for the children impacted by the storm.

Tuscaloosa’s One Place$60,000 - Provide additional case worker to assist clients affected by the storm.

The Salvation Army — Tuscaloosa — $150,000 – Provide food, comfort kits, medical supplies, clothing, furniture, appliances, household items, and rent/utility assistance to clients affected by the storm.

United Saints Recovery Project$100,000 – Assist in a minimum of 25 home rehab projects with an experienced project foreman and 3 construction site supervisors.

Forest Lake Baptist Church$30,000- Food and seasonal clothing certificates to assist clients affected by the storm during Thanksgiving season

Forest Lake Baptist Church $40,000 – Food and seasonal clothing certificates to assist clients affected by the storm during Christmas season

Forest Lake Baptist Church $26,000—Funds to assist with setup costs of temporary modular unit used for disaster relief efforts

Temporary Emergency Services $27,000 – Funds to assist with lease costs of warehouse used to store food, clothing, furniture, and other items for clients affected by the storm.

Community Foundation of West Alabama $50,000 — Funds to hire two temporary staff personnel to assist with the community’s long-term recovery coalition efforts.

Whatley Health Services, Inc. $220,176.00 – Funds to cover costs associated with providing medical care, medications, and case management and outreach to storm victims.

Secret Meals For Hungry Children$8,160.00 – Purchase of food packs for hungry children in schools affected by the storm.  Seventy children will be served for an entire year.

Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter$2,000 –Helping storm victims with vet care including spray/neuter surgeries for their animals.

Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa$170,000–Construction materials for housing tornado impacted families.

West Alabama Chapter American Red Cross$120,000–Offset storm expenses (clean up kits, comfort kits, meals), plus related office expenses.

Compassion Coalition of Tuscaloosa$9,750–Replace items lost in storm and replenish funds used on building materials and disaster related supplies.

Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa$80,000–Construction materials for housing tornado impacted families.

Habitat for Humanity Dedicates First House Inside Tuscaloosa City Limits Since Storm

Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa dedicated its fifth house since the April 27 tornado and its first within the Tuscaloosa city limits in the Alberta community Wednesday.

Nicole Cammon and Eddie Crispin, who are engaged, opened up their new house on 7th Street East in the tornado recovery zone to family, friends, local officials and project sponsors.

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Bojangles Raises $10,000

Bojangles resturant raised funds within the company totalling $10,000 for the Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund! Alabama marketing executive Brad Hudson stopped by The Chamber recently (in mid January) to present our management with the check. Thanks, Bojangles! There are two locations in our area, one on McFarland in Northport and one on Hwy. 69 So.  in Tuscaloosa. Visit for more info.

Tee it Up Fore Tuscaloosa: A Great Success

Tee it Up Fore Tuscaloosa raised much-needed funds for our storm recovery. Click here to check out a video about it (posted on that aired on the Golf Channel recently.