The Patterson Foundation Commits $50K for Permanent Rebuild Efforts in Northeast Alabama

Posted on May 27, 2011 by Michael Corley

They had just minutes warning to take cover. After the vortex of wind roared with the intensity of several jet engines over their home, all that was left was a piano by the poolside.

This week, we witnessed this kind of juxtaposition many times over.

This house was demolished. That house was spared.

This family had resources to begin rebuilding their lives. That family is now living in a tent city.

Thursday, we announced a commitment of $50,000 to be used for the permanent rebuild needs of Calhoun County, Alabama. We'll not soon forget the people we met there and their stories of hope and courage. Even with all of the destruction, a month after the storms, there are signs of a new tomorrow. Just as one community member with kind eyes and a sweet Southern accent put it: 'Life just has a way of bouncin' on.'

This pile of debris was once a home in Calhoun County (Northeast Alabama).

Pastor Mike Oliver of the First Baptist Church of Williams in Jacksonville, Ala., shares stories about how the church mobilized to serve families following the tornadoes. The church organized to feed 500 people three times a day for two weeks.

The path of the tornado is evident with trees toppled on a hill. The home at the foot of the hill was left untouched.

The Patterson Foundation's Pam Truitt listens to stories shared.

Community members helped secure this trailer and build a wood ramp for a resident whose paraplegic son had to have his leg amputated as a result of injuries from the tornado.

Trees estimated to be more than 100 years old were uprooted by the tornado.

Pam Truitt of The Patterson Foundation presents TPF's $50,000 commitment for permanent rebuilding needs in Calhoun County.

Hosts from The JOY FM in Sarasota present community members with more than $100,000 in gift cards raised through the West Coast of Florida's 'Gift Cards for Alabama' drive.



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