When tornadoes devastated several Alabama communities on April 27, Troy University students, faculty and staff were quick to respond.
The University’s Student Government Assocation organized a drive to collect items needed in the stricken areas and later organized a trip to assist with recovery efforts in Tuscaloosa.
A group of 37 volunteers consisting of students, faculty and staff made the trip, according to Jonathan Cellon, coordinator of learning initiatives for the First-Year Studies program.
The group helped sort and package donated items at Project Blessings, a Tuscaloosa-based ministry of Woodland Forrest Baptist Church.
“The leaders at Project Blessings said the group accomplished more in three hours than they were able to in a week and a half,” Cellon said.
The group also helped at a Federal Emergency Management Agency site designed to accept donated items.
“During two hours at the FEMA center, we processed over 15 trucks and made a huge dent in the line of those waiting to drop off items, which stretched over 300 yards when we got there,” Cellon said. “Our volunteers had created momentum and provided some much-needed organization.”
Gibson, a senior print journalism major from Brewton, is an intern in the Office of University Relations.