Northport mayor organizing tornado relief donation drive

 

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Carlie A.Horn

Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon is once again collecting donations for a community in disarray after major storms, but this time it’s closer to home as one person died and eight more were injured in an EF2 tornado Thursday in Sawyerville.

Herndon said he met with Hale County Emergency Management Agency Director Russel Weeden in the wake of the tornado to see what was most needed.

“Since the tornado in 2011 in Tuscaloosa, when I saw the outpouring of love from across the country, I told myself anytime I had the chance I was going to be doing this,” Herndon said.

He’s kept his word, and any time there’s a major disaster Herndon rents a truck, collects supplies and drives them himself to their destination.

If you’re interested in donating, you can drop items off at Herndon, Hicks and Associates at 2728 Lurleen Wallace Blvd. in Northport. Items most in need include tarps, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and flashlights, but Herndon encourages toy donations, too.

The drive does not need used clothing or bottled water, Herndon said.

“We have seen a lot of pain and suffering, so anything we can do to make the people feel better and get them back on their feet,” Herndon said. “It is not about me as mayor, it is a whole community coming together to help folks. It is something great.”

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