Catawba College Group Travels to Alabama to Assist with Recovery Efforts
May 13, 2011
A group of students, faculty and staff from Catawba College departed on May 16 for the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham, Alabama area on a mission trip to assist with clean up and recovery after recent destructive tornadoes there. The weeklong trip was coordinated by Volunteer Catawba.
The group was hosted by Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Birmingham, Ala. The church served as the base of operation for the Catawba team as they helped remove debris and distribute much-needed food, water and supplies.
From April 25-28 of this year, a total of 362 tornadoes ripped through the southern United States, killing at least 350 people. Hardest hit was the state of Alabama, where a 1.5-mile wide tornado left a path of destruction almost 80 miles long and resulted in at least 65 deaths and the destruction or major damage of an estimated 5,000 homes.
Those who went on the Alabama relief trip included: Nastya Barkova, Anna Christopher, Anna Dellapenta, Susan Fisher, Kayla Flinchum, Jessica Gaskill, Savannah Goodnight, Jacob Hil, Ben Ijames, Kendra Joyner, Drew Laurens, Jay Laurens (Coordinator), Adam Ridenhour, Donna Steele, Bethany Wall.
Gay's Chapel United Methodist Church of Salisbury generously contributed $400 to help fund the trip.
Stay tuned for student blogs from the relief trip!