On March 3rd an EF4 tornado and smaller tornadoes ravaged East Alabama and the small community of Beauregard, Alabama. Within a small square footage area, the tornado ripped apart homes, trees, and everything in its path. Twenty three people lost their lives and several homes were completely destroyed. Words do not express the pain in this small community.
Lee County is ARM's home and we are already working within our community to help our neighbors. We know the healing and rebuilding will take months if not years. Specifically, we will work to help families repair and rebuild while offering comfort through prayers, listening, and being the compassionate presence of Jesus. We remember Jesus at Lazarus' tomb where he wept. And we are weeping.
We checked in on Ms. Betty who lives in the affected area and for whom we have repaired her home. After multiple calls and unable to reach her, we went to visit, fearing the worst. The storm took down her power lines and phone/internet connection explaining the communication blackout. Relief flooded us as we saw her outside with the repair man and her home untouched. However, she shared that her mother, who lived down the street ,was not so fortunate. The tornado crushed her mobile home. She and her son were thankfully untouched but now without a home.
Today, you can give which helps the immediate effort including debris removal of trees and damaged items as well as tarping homes until full repairs can be made. In the coming months, ARM will work through FEMA, Red Cross, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), and our local VOAD assisting families who need new homes rebuilt. You can also be part of the volunteer effort and we can host your group or team to help with repairs.
A gift of $50 helps with basic materials. $100 provides tarps. $250 provides shingles and metal for small repairs. $500 or more helps repair a roof.