Northport mayor collecting donations for hurricane victims
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson
For the past 10 years, Tuscaloosa Mayor Bobby Herndon has made it his mission to help those in need just like those who helped Tuscaloosa and Northport back when the April 27, 2011, tornado decimated West Alabama.
Herndon and his group have traveled to Florida and south Alabama, and this marks their third trip to Louisiana.
Several local banks and residents have gathered thousands of bottles of water for hurricane victims, and Herndon contacted Thompson High School in Alabaster and Tuscaloosa County High School to participate in a friendly food supply competition for Louisiana.
“I said ‘Hey, let’s have a competition,’ ” Herndon said. “Thompson High School against Tuscaloosa County High School for food supplies for Louisiana.”
Herndon will be traveling to both schools Friday and picking up students’ donations. He said he’ll be leaving around 4 a.m. Saturday morning and will head down to Hammond, Louisiana.
“To see the outpouring of generosity back in 2011 when we had the major tornado in Tuscaloosa, to see people from every state in the nation show up to help, it was just inspiring,” he said.
Herndon said after this trip, he’ll be returning to Louisiana for another drop-off in a few more weeks.
If you’re interested in donating supplies, you drop them off at Herndon Hicks and Associates at 2728 Lurleen Wallace Blvd. in Northport, or you can contact Herndon on his public Facebook Page.