The South has recently endured two massive storms, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The storms have left paths of destruction in their wakes through Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, and South Carolina. Tens of thousands of people have been left without homes, and many others will have months of work to do to get their homes fixed up. Hurricane Harvey alone has destroyed an estimated 30,000-40,000 homes in the Houston area. Across the nation people everywhere are rallying together to donate money and supplies to those affected by the storms.
Birmingham is rallying together to contribute to the relief efforts. Mayor William Bell’s office has designated Boutwell Auditorium as the drop-off location for the hurricane relief efforts. The city is collecting bottled water, donated supplies, and canned goods until the end of this week from 8am to 6pm. They have emphasized that school supplies and diapers are especially needed.
The mayor’s office says Birmingham has collected and shipped 12 trailers full of supplies to Texas and Louisiana, with another eight trailers designated for Florida.
To help spread awareness of donation drive, the public can use the hashtag #bhmcares on social media.