The following is a message from a Mount Vernon Triangle resident who is volunteering her time to gather donations for victims of the recent tornado that flattened Tuscaloosa Alabama. She will be outside the 5th & K Busboys and Poets from 11am to 5pm on Sunday May 1st.
My name is Penelope and I’m a current MVT resident, but I’m originally from Tuscaloosa, AL. If you’ve seen the news lately, you know that Tuscaloosa was catastrophically damaged by an EF5 tornado on Wednesday night. Over 200 people have died in Alabama alone, and thousands more are injured or homeless.
Thankfully my friends and family are physically ok, but so many people in the town have lost everything.
I’m unable to go there and help out in person because of job commitments here in DC, so instead I’m trying to raise as much money as possible to send back to help the victims; who are my friends, teachers, and neighbors.
My friends and I set up a table outside of Busboys and Poets this afternoon and handed out ribbons for donations. People in the community were extremely generous and I’m very grateful to everyone that stopped by with kind words.
Because it was so successful, we are planning to do the same thing tomorrow. We will be out there from 11am to 5pm, assuming the weather cooperates. I was hoping you could put up a post on the MVT blog to let people know that we will be out there in case they would like to donate to the tornado victims. I can assure you that every dollar will be immediately spent on supplies that will be taken to the shelters and volunteers in my home town and across the state.