When that powerful tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa, Alabama last month, it killed more than 40 people, injured hundreds, and left thousands of people homeless. More than 40 kids who went to the local YMCA lost their homes.
The Albany Y is stepping up to help, collecting donations. Albany y kids are also writing letters to encourage and uplift the children in Tuscaloosa.
After School Program Coordinator Kawona Holliday Wakefield says," It is important for the kids here at the YMCA to write these letters to the kids in Albany because as a "y" family if one Y is hurting then we need to send them something to encourage them and to help them through this difficult time.
With crayons and markers at hand the kids drew warm images and pictures…some even made greeting cards to brighten the day of the tornado victims.
Demetrius Oliver says, " I feel horrible for the mishap that happened a few weeks ago I hope that (they) have a speedy and full recovery."
This is an effort to enforce one of the YMCA's main values, social responsibility to mankind. It also reminds children here they should be thankful for things they may take for granted.
Jalen Young says" Since the tornado hit I want them to feel better about their recovery."
"The Albany YMCA plans on extending its May 31st deadline for donations that is due to the tremendous support from the outside community"
The letters and donations will be shipped throughout the summer and they welcome any monetary gifts or gift cards. Drop off boxes are still located at the main and central location.
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