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How to help with the tornado disaster relief?

If you woke up with a roof over your head today, inevitably your next thought was “How can I help with the disaster relief effort in Birmingham?”.  We are Moms, of course, and we must do something.

Here is a summary (updated regularly) of volunteer opportunities in Birmingham, donation sites in Birmingham and organizations providing disaster relief.

To volunteer:

  1. Register with Hands on Birmingham.  The City of Birmingham and Red Cross encourage individuals to go through this organization.  As of today, they have 3,400 new volunteers in their database ready to help!
  2. The Christian Service Mission needs volunteers to organize donations at their Woodlawn location (3600 3rd Avenue South).  They will organize volunteers, beginning this Saturday, to assist with clean up efforts.
  3. United Way of Central Alabama – simply call 211 to volunteer

To Donate Items:

  1. Money
  2. Blankets / Towels (new)
  3. Bottled Water
  4. Gatorade
  5. Diapers
  6. Formula
  7. Non-perishable food items
  8. Clothing
  9. Hygiene products (soap, wipes, toothbrushes, feminine products, etc.)

Drop off locations in Birmingham include the following:

City of Birmingham

  • Boutwell Auditorium – only water, gatorade, pre-packaged food items like chips or crackers, and feminine products (volunteers will retrieve items from your car, you do not even need to park)
  • Silvertron Cafe –  Clairmont Avenue (Forest Park)
  • Rogue Tavern – 2nd Avenue North


  • Kreps Law Firm – 502 Montgomery Highway

Mountain Brook

  • Mountain Brook Creamery – Cahaba Road
  • Canterbury United Methodist Church – Overbrook Road
  • Once Upon a Time – Crestline Village
  • Grandmother’s Joy – Crestline Village (receive 30% off entire purchase through May 4th)
  • Whole Foods – Hwy 280 (only bottled water)


  • Riverchase United Methodist Church (also asked for gallon size ziploc bags, wash cloths and band aids)



  • All Homewood Fire Departments

Hwy 280 SE

  • Fire Station at Doug Baker Blvd.


Donate Blood:

  • Blood Drive in Birmingham located at the UAB North Pavilion at 6th Avenue & 18th Street South
  • American Red Cross blood donation center at  Ridge Park on Birmingham’s southside
  • LifeSouth donation centers at the following locations:
  • West Oxmoor Donor Center, 396 W. Oxmoor Rd., 9am-7pm
  • Brookwood Medical Donor Center, 2010 Brookwood Medical Center Dr.; 7am-4pm
  • St. Vincent’s East Donor Center, 50 Medical Center Dr.; 7am-4pm

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  • Wade Kwon

    Thank you for putting this list together, and to your readers for helping Alabama in our time of greatest need.

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    i’d be glad to offer me time,and help cleanup and rebuilding

  • Gabrielle Bennett

    Thank you for posting this information. My daughter came home to North Carolina from Oklahoma for the summer and drove thru your area and was overwhelmed, even months after the tornado.

    The information of contacts is appreciated as we plan to rally the troops to put together as big a donation package as we can with items still needed.

    Thanks again

  • Tina

    Gabrielle, I’m glad your daughter routed through the area and saw for herself. Even without seeing “before”, it’s apparent that “after” is devastated and some things, like trees and vegetation, will take years to re-establish. Any help with the needed items is much appreciated as many have had to start all over.

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