How you can help
In the wake of last week's tornado, Coral Industries is asking the glass industry to help the Tuscaloosa, Ala., community. Last Wednesday, April 27, a tornado cut a mile-wide swath through the city, killing 40, injuring more than 1,000, and leaving 373 people missing, according to Tuscaloosanews.com. The devastation is "indescribable," says Coral's Lewis McAllister.
Like many Tuscaloosa residents, a number of Coral employees lost their homes, leaving them in need of even the most basic items. Coral is organizing a donation drive to assist its entire hometown. Specifically, the company is asking for:
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, baby wipes, diapers, formula, diaper cream, sunscreen, shampoo/conditioner, allergy medicine, band aids, first aid cream, tweezers, hair brushes, baby food, Pedialyte, pacifiers, over the counter medicines, batteries (9v, AAA, AA and D), contact solution, feminine products, toilet paper, paper/plastic plates and utensils, napkins/paper towels, charcoal, water, Gatorade, non-perishable food items, air mattresses, sleeping bags, lip balm, flashlights, dog/cat food, towels, matches, two-way radios, tents, can openers, work gloves, underwear (all sizes, both sexes), chain saws, chain saw oil, socks, power bars, insect repellent, tarps and non-perishable food.
Please ship donations to:
C/O Coral Industries
3010 Rice Mine Rd.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
Pleas mark packages "tornado relief" so they aren't mixed up with the company's daily freight. If you are located in the Tuscaloosa area, there is the possiblity Coral employees can pick up donations at your location.
To make a monetary donation, please go to www.GiveTuscaloosa.com.
Chase is editor of Glass Magazine. Write her at firstname.lastname@example.org.