For those of you who love visiting PPP for loads of coupon deals, I promise to be back to my regular deals shortly! I'm so sorry to bombard you with this stuff, but it's hard not to when we're completely covered up in it here. Please be patient with me,, and if you're looking for places to give in other areas of Alabama, go HERE for Birmingham donation sites, or HERE for places to donate in Tuscaloosa.
Okay guys, here's the list of places across North Alabama that are accepting donations for disaster relief at this time. A HUGE thanks to several bloggers in North Alabama who helped compile this list, including Rocket City Savings, Rocket City Mom, Q-Tipping Mom, Dual Incomes Needed, Shopping Tips & Tricks, and Coupon Centsation – visit their sites to learn more about donating to those in need as well! Please know that this list is just a starting point – several of these drop off points were announced on radio or television, but be sure to try to contact specific donation drop off centers before heading out. (And please know that I've only lived in the North Alabama area for a few years, so I'm not exactly familiar with each of the cities listed below!) 🙂
While donations of food, toiletries and paper products is a wonderful way to give, monetary donations are obviously one of the greatest needs across Alabama right now. If you're not here in the North Alabama area this is a wonderful way to give, even if you're only able to donate a few dollars. Here are a few places accepting monetary donations:
The Red Cross (also accepting cash donations at the following locations nationwide)
Publix – collecting in-store donations
Regions Bank – collecting donations at branches nationwide
Sweetbay Supermarket collecting in-store donations in Florida
Winn Dixie Stores, Inc. collecting in-store donations in Florida
You can also contact the Red Cross in Huntsville at(256) 536-0084 for where to volunteer.
*Update: Also go HERE to see how to ship items directly to those in need. Thanks to Kristin at Couponing to Disney for coordinating that!
Here are specific drop off points across North Alabama (please leave a comment if you know of other locations accepting donations!)
Anderson Volunteer Fire Department is collecting donations of water, clothing, stuffed animals and money.
First Baptist Church on Hobbs Street (call to see what specific donations they're accepting)
Athens Post Office on Market Street is accepting water, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, paper towels, wet wipes, etc. : put items in hampers located in the lobby of the post office
Lindsay Lane Baptist Church is accepting food, water, and basic need items
Friendship Methodist Church in Athens is accepting non-perishable food items, water, and cleaning supplies. NO CLOTHING, FURNITURE, TOYS OR HOUSEHOLD ITEMS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME.
Community Changers at Barton's First Baptist Church 256-370-7574
Desperation Church in Cullman is in need of non perishable food, hygiene items, batteries, flash lights, etc.
First United Methodist Church warehouse is a drop off location for donations
Garner Insurance 1403 Beltline Rd SW and is next to Calvary Assembly on the Beltline is accepting clothes, toiletries, water, can food, diapers, etc. 256-318-0862
Flat Rock, AL
Flat Rock Community Center is accepting water, non-perishable items and toiletries.
First United Methodist Church Brandon Center is a drop off place for donations (256) 766-4513
Salvation Army in Florence is accepting donations for the town of Phil Campbell
Brooks High School is collecting items now
Lexington – First Baptist in Lexington is accepting donations headed to Cullman or Colbert County / Lauderdale County. 256-229-6657
The Brook at 8573 Hwy 72 in Madison is accepting items 256.837.6633 monetary donations will also be accepted for the Reeves family
The Monrovia Community Center at 254 Allen Drake Drive is collecting food and water donations. They're also feeding relief workers and as of last night were still accepting frozen food if you have it!
The Rock Family Worship Center is accepting water and monetary donations to provide food to the community (they may also be accepting non-perishables but I'm not sure!)
Red Cross, Salvation Army and Southern Baptist will begin providing meals at Broadway Baptist Church in Rainsville on Friday
Franklin Pharmacy is working with EMA as a drop off place for donations and distribution (361 Mustang Drive, Russellville)
Russellville First United Methodist Church will be a drop-off site for supplies
The Barn on Hwy 99 in Salem taking donations for the First Baptist Church in Athens (Hobbs St.) Red Cross Shelter
JD's on Nashville Ave. in Sheffield is taking in donations of food, water and clothing for Phil Campbell and Hackleburg survivors
York Terrace Baptist Church is accepting donations for Hackleburg
Shoals Products in Muscle Shoals (located at 100 Glendale Avenue) is collecting items to take to tornado victims. Accepting donations until 10pm Thursday.
Highland Park Church of Christ on Woodward Avenue in Muscle Shoals is accepting supplies and donations 256-381-3811
Washington Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals is collecting on Monday 8-3 items for Phil Campbell
Service One Transport is accepting donations for victims in Phil Campbell at the Shoals Entrepreneurial Center, 3115 Northington Court, Florence
Lauderdale Industrial Park accepting non-perishable food, diapers, toilet paper, personal hygiene, water, flashlights, blankets. Friday til 5p. Saturday 9-1p and next week, Monday-Thursday, 8-5:30 p.m.
Salvation Army at 437 Inman Street West urgently needs donations of non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and gallon-sized jugs of water
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Laurie, thank you so much for all your help! I’ll be coming down on the 14th from Knoxville, which is out of Chattanooga…I planned on probably getting off on the exit for Hwy 72. I can go pretty much anywhere. I’d like to find a center and contact them ahead of time so it can be a fluid, successful trip. Again, you’re an angel and I’m thankful for your help!
Yes sunscreen is in our stockpile, as is flashlights, batteries, chapstick, aloe wipes, deodorant, toiletries, clothing, etc. Thank you for the update and I hope you are safe. It’s not that bad of a drive, although I’m sure heartbreaking when I get there…that’s the part I may have trouble with. God bless.
I’m sure the flashlights and batteries would be great – while most people have power there are still some going without. I haven’t even really driven into the bad areas as they’ve asked people to stay out, but my husband just said it’s awful.
I have gotten my donation drive in high gear and will be making the trek down there on Saturday May 14. I am vaguely familiar with the area but coudl probably use a refresher. Can you help me in a location that is central to northern Alabama that I could drop these things off? I was thinking a fire station, school or church. Any help you can give me is beyond appreciated.
Hi Amanda! There are loads of places to donate to – I have limited internet access so I’ll be back again tonight, but let me know where you’re coming from and I’ll find a site to donate that’s easy to get to and will definitely be open! (I’d hate for you to get here and not find something!)
Thank you for your reply. I am checking with my local Red Cross today. If they are unable to accept donated items, then I have considered making the short drive down next Saturday, the 14th. I saw somewhere yesterday, altough I don’t remember where, a list of all things that are currently of highest need. I checked the Red Cross website and they are only accepting monetary donations at this time. My co-workers and I have, and are still, gathered quite an abundance of items that may be of use to people. I have already given a monetary donation but would like to contribute more.
Amanda – my husband is out helping today and I’m hoping to hear what they really need (we still have no television and limited internet so it’s hard to see what’s going on out there!) One item I heard mentioned (IF by any chance you have it in your stockpile), was sunscreen – never thought of it but the last few days have been sunny and obviously the workers are getting burnt! I think any donations will be great, but hopefully your Red Cross there will take them so you don’t have to make the drive (that’s so sweet of you though!)
I live in Knoxville, TN and have several friends/co-workers along with me who would like to donate items to those affected in Northern Alabama. Is anyone aware of any drop off sites here locally that would send the goods to the victims?
I don’t know of any, but some people are just mailing coupons even (for things that would be close to free, and then there’s a group of folks who are going to coupon them!) Check out there Facebook page here – http://www.facebook.com/CouponingforaCause
If I find out anything about specific drop off locations in other cities, I’ll let you know (I wonder if you could try your local chapter of the Red Cross or Salvation Army?)
I’m not sure if you’re considering mailing items or not. But the store below is very involved in helping their surrounding communities and are receiving donation items through mail shipments from both individuals and online shoppers. They are currently distributing them to the Red Cross, local Churches and families that need them in the Birmingham/Pleasant Grove/Concord areas. If needs are met in particular areas, then the donations will go to other areas that are in need. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to call the store. And thanks so much to those who are helping the folks in Alabama!
1355 Hueytown Road
Hueytown, AL 35023
Here are some of the items most needed now.
Any type of baby items:
Bottles & Nipples
Anything else related to baby care
Denture care products
Feminine Hygiene products
Contact Lens care products – Saline Solution, Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Solution, Storage Cases
Reading Glasses – (over-the-counter type)
Some people are still living outdoors, so anything related to that.
Plastic Storage Boxes/Bins with Lids
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Thanks so much for sharing Lisa!
Wade Kwon says
Laurie, thank you for this great list and for including a link to Magic City Post. And thanks to your readers for helping the folks in North Alabama.
Inside Out Ministries located off Hughes Rd in the Antique Mall shopping center
MAY 1, 2011 SPECIAL NEEDS
Thank you all for responding to our current needs. As the recovery from recent days continues, there are special needs. Inside-Out has been able to share your gifts freely and provide with local relief centers in different communities in the North Alabama area.
Now – our pantry has provided and while not empty is in great need of the following:
Canned proteins, canned fruits, mac’n’cheese, spaghetti sauce and noodles, saltine crackers, boxed cereals,peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, individual peanut butters, individual fruits, snacks for emergency food packs.
Frozen (we have power now, PTL and thank you TVA and Hsv Util) ground beef and ground turkey, hamburger patties, hotdogs, bologna.
Toiletries – toilet paper, paper towels, diapers (2,3,4,5,6), feminine products, deordorants, hand sanitizer, etc.
Funds – if you are able to give, mail donations to Inside-Out Ministries, Inc. at P.O. Box 2004, Madison, AL 35758. Your funds will be used to provide the needed items at the best times.
Thank you for helping and praying! We also have families that need bedding, furniture, etc. but these needs must be handled separately. We’ll post more later about the specifics.
More to come and we’ll be in the office Mon,Wed, Fri from 9:30-12:30 if all our Volunteers are in and we aren’t needed out in the community. The volunteers of the community have been so wonderful! Overflowing love and caring…Blessings,
Thank you so much JJ! Inside Out is a great place to donate to, and I can’t believe I missed them (sorry!)
A Huntsville, AL business, Dealnews.com, will match donations to Red Cross. Here is info from their site:
For every dollar you donate to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, dealnews will match 100 percent, up to $250,000. Please help us spread the word by sharing this message via email, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever way you see fit. Our goal is to raise a total of $500,000: $250,000 from our wonderful readers and $250,000 from us.
Here’s how it works:
1.Make a donation online at American Red Cross.
2.Keep your confirmation email and forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. (As always, dealnews respects and protects your privacy.)
3.We’ll match 100 percent of your donation until we hit our $250,000 limit.
4.Help us spread the news via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
Please note that we’re only matching donations from today, April 28, 2011, until May 12, 2011, to the American Red Cross. If you’ve made a previous donation to ARC, or prefer to donate to a different organization, I applaud you. But our matching donation is an attempt to encourage those who haven’t made a donation yet, or to encourage those who’ve already given to “double their money” if they give more.
Thanks so much for sharing, Joy!