By DAN DEARTH
5:21 PM EDT, May 11, 2011
A Boonsboro church and several local businesses are trying to gather supplies by Friday to take to Alabama residents whose lives were shattered when tornadoes recently raged through the South.
Jim Meadows, a member of Benevola United Methodist Church in Boonsboro, said his congregation is partnering with Twigg Cycles, Valen Meadows Insurance and Cavetown Ace Hardware to gather a variety of items, including canned food, medical supplies, toiletries and first-aid kits.
The collection started Tuesday and will end Friday, Meadows said. He said he will collect the items and drive them Saturday to the Sixth Street Baptist Church in Alexander City, Ala.
"I volunteered to take it down," Meadows said. "It's something we should do to help each other."
Meadows said the church has a history of helping others who have been affected by natural disasters. He said they collected supplies and drove them to Florida after Hurricane Hugo struck in 1989.
"It's something we've done in the past," he said. "When this came in it was obvious .... We felt we needed to get supplies down there."
Clothes will not be accepted.
Needed items include: Tarps, hand-sanitizer, charcoal, trash bags, dog food, household-cleaning supplies, canned meats, can openers, lip balm, sunscreen, paper products, disinfectant, bottled water, sports drinks, baby supplies, diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, Pedialyte, Pediasure, tooth brushes, toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, diabetic supplies, Ensure, Depends, sheets, towels, wash cloths, blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, peanuts, sugar-free gum, peanut butter, granola bars, trail mix, storage bins, flashlights, batteries, toys, aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, Tums and first-aid kits.
Helping tornado victims
Here are drop-off sites for Alabama tornado aid:
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