Disaster Relief Fund
Between April 25 and 28, an historic tornado outbreak took place across much of the Southern United States as well as parts of the Midwest and Northeast. With over 300 confirmed tornadoes and 322 fatalities, the outbreak ranks as one of the worst in United States history. One of the hardest hit areas was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and in the direct vicinity of the University of Alabama. In the days following the storms, members of the UA community and the local SAL chapter reached out and contributed in countless ways to assist the Tuscaloosa community and help with relief and recovery efforts. The UA Acts of Kindness Fund was formed to provide financial assistance to employees and students who were directly impacted. The fund helps to pay grocery bills, rent or mortgage payments, electric, gas and medical bills for those in need as a result of the tornadoes.
In response to this great need in Tuscaloosa, Sigma Alpha Lambda made a contribution of $2,660 toward the university’s Acts of Kindness Fund. As the area continues to rebuild, the UA SAL chapter also remains committed to helping through volunteerism with organizations such as the West Alabama Food Bank and many others. In the first picture on the left, UA’s SAL Advisor Dr. James McNaughton and Chapter President Benjamin Langsam were on hand as the chapter presented the final installment of the donation to Karen Baldwin, who serves as the Associate Vice President for Advancement on campus.
The SAL Chapter Representative for the UA Chapter, Stephanie Skipper, travelled to Tuscaloosa shortly after the tornadoes and teamed up with other volunteers at various relief sites and food banks to help out during the time of need. The remainder of the pictures are of the wreckage left behind by the tornadoes and the work that was done to help get basics such as food and water to people in need.
For more information on the University of Alabama Chapter, click here.