I know you guys are all aware of the recent storms that have devastated the southeastern US.
I also know that a lot of you are like me...far removed from the tragedy, but still wanting to help in some way. For someone who has never been there, I have quite a few friends in the Alabama area, and I have been wanting to do something to help, but from all the way across the country it's difficult to feel like you have an impact.
My good friend and writing buddy Crystal (who lives in Birmingham) teamed up with writer and blogger Courtney Barr (who lives in Tuscaloosa) to start up the All 4 Alabama online auction to raise money to help the affected areas in the south.
What is different about this auction, and what I think makes it extra special, is that All 4 Alabama is adopting two rural towns,Phil Campbell, Ala and Hackleburg, Ala, and all the proceeds are going DIRECTLY to help these towns. The Birmingham and Tuscaloosa areas are getting lots of help, but these little towns that are farther away from the major metro areas are in huge need of support, and that's where All 4 Alabama (and YOU!) comes in.
The auctions are going to start TOMORROW, so why don't you go check out their blog today and follow it or put it in your Reader? Or why don't you blog or tweet about this auction and help us spread the word? I'll be talking about it a lot because I think it's a really awesome cause. It's rare that you feel the money you are donating is making a direct impact, but I can tell you that the residents of Phil Campbell and Hackleburg will directly benefit from your donations.
Other ways you can help: You may have seen the Help Write Now auction online, spearheaded by the amazing Kate Hart. They are raising money for the Red Cross and they have some amazing things up for auction, so go check it out!
Also, thanks to author Lindsey Leavitt, you can buy books AND support relief efforts!
Between May 7th-14th, use code bookfair #1048605 when making a Barnes and Noble purchase online or in store. 10% of sales using this code will go to the United Way's West Alabama chapter to help tornado relief efforts.
If we raise over $2500, the percentage goes up to 15%; if we raise $10,000, the percentage is 20%!
So, if you have been feeling helpless and wanting to contribute in some way to the relief efforts in the south, there are so many ways that you can make an impact. Even if you can't bid on some of the bigger ticket items, a direct donation to one of these sites of anything you can afford, even if it's only $5, will combine with the other donations to directly improve the quality of life for these Alabama residents who lost everything.
I'll see you tomorrow when bidding opens up at All 4 Alabama!