Still time to give for tornado recovery, now and in 2012

More than a billion dollars in unmet needs? That staggering figure reported in The Birmingham News on Dec. 30, 2011 includes the daily challenges of so many individuals, families and communities across our state still trying to get back on their feet after the devastating storms of April 2011. While nothing can replace the lost lives — more than 200 across the state — we can all do our part for recovery efforts across the state.

If you gave to immediate relief through Red Cross, Salvation Army and others, thank you.  If you have already given toward unmet needs through these same organizations, through United Way of Central Alabama or through one of the tornado funds of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, thank you. If you were one of many volunteers through Hands-On Birmingham, Habitat for Humanity or so many other great organizations, thank you. You all have been part of a worldwide effort to rebuild lives and livelihoods in 43 counties of Alabama.

And if you have more to give, now or in 2012, thank you in advance. The Community Foundation is dedicating all gifts onAlabama Gives Day on Feb. 2 to tornado recovery, another great opportunity to demonstrate the generosity of our state. Stay tuned for our reports on what your gifts are accomplishing every day.

To find out more about how you can make a gift of any kind to one of the tornado funds of the Community Foundation, contact Erin Stephenson. Or use our secure on-line service to make a gift today.

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