Give. Serve. Pray. News

Give, Serve and Pray: 5/6/11

Posted on 2011-05-06 by Renie Moss 205-726-2116

Samford Community,

After today we will no longer send a daily email letting you know of ways you can give, pray, and serve, but needs will continue.  For those of you who have followed these emails, you may have noticed that the needs and means of communication are becoming pretty steady, and consistent each day.  The major service agencies have established service hubs in the affected areas where they are sending volunteers that are then dispersed in teams from that hub.  Addresses for these hubs are listed on the websites listed below.  Please note that the five major service agencies listed above have regular communicated service and donation needs listed on their websites, but even more up to date on their face book sites.  If you have not joined face book to date, this would be a worthy time to do so in order to be in communication with the many ways our region is giving back to our neighbors in need.  Needs can often change by the minute and face book and twitter are becoming vital means of communication to provide as instant a response as possible.  The Samford website will have links for you to follow at any given time. 

Christian Service Mission website – 

Christian Service Mission on face book - 

Christian Service Mission on twitter -!/CSMission 

Mission Birmingham website - 

Mission Birmingham on face book - 

Mission Birmingham on twitter -!/MissionBham 

Hands on Birmingham website - 

Hands on Birmingham face book site - 

Hands on Birmingham twitter -!/HandsOnBham 

Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions website - 

Mid-Alabama Region Red Cross - 

Remember that all Samford Athletic events this weekend ARE FREE and donations are being accepted to benefit tornado relief.

There are very few Samford Gives Back volunteer shirts left at the Hub and we will not be ordering anymore.  Volunteers going into many of the areas are now being required to register with official organizations (Hands On Birmingham, Christian Service Mission, Mission Birmingham, Birmingham Baptist Ministries – all listed below in links) so your identity as a volunteer, although we encourage you to wear Samford gear, is not necessarily in question anymore.  Volunteers are everywhere and needed more than ever so simply – go forth and serve!

We know for a fact that volunteers in the Tuscaloosa area must be registered starting Saturday, May 7th. This is to get into the hardest hit areas to help with debris removal, etc. etc. You can email 24 hours in advance and get an expedited registration at The site is the TUS Volunteer Reception Center, 3801 Loop Road in the McAbee Center. This effects Alberta City, Holt and greater Tuscaloosa.

For those of you who have been contacted by family and friends from out of town who are looking for a way to help, please note that there is now an donation wish list set up with free shipping for the Christian Service Mission. This is the link to the Christian Service Mission's Wish list from Amazon:  
Please continue to forward me pictures, links, or your stories of service in this time of need!  

GIVE:  The vital needs for donations that continues to get twittered, face booked, and emailed are mainly infant and children's items like diapers, baby food, baby wipes, etc in addition to:

•        POWDERED BOTTLE WATER FLAVORING – big need right now.

•         Diapers of all sizes, adult and infant, and wet wipes
•         Bottled and Gallon Drinking Water
•         Tarps of all sizes
•         Sunscreen
•         Rubbermaid containers of all sizes
•         Coolers
•         Batteries
•         Personal care products (soap, wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, combs, brushes, etc)
•         Feminine care products
•         Cleaning supplies (convenience items, Lysol wipes, shop towels, etc.)
•         First-aid items
•         Bug spray
•         Trash bags and Ziploc storage bags of all sizes
•         New unopened medicines such as Children's Tylenol/Advil, adult versions, etc.
•         Work gloves
•         Packing tape, duct tape, etc.

You can bring your items directly to the Christian Service Mission located at 3600 3rd Avenue South or:
Bring your donations to First Baptist Church of Birmingham, located at the corner of Lakeshore and 31.  When you enter their parking lot, go to the "back" of the lot (opposite the side facing Lakeshore) and that is the entrance to the church.  Supplies are being collected there.
Shades Mountain Baptist Church is also collecting supplies in their foyer which is located at the corner of Columbiana Rd and Canyon Rd (turn left onto Columbiana from Lakeshore, go up the hill and you will see the church on your left)

Dr. David Finn in Education has also graciously agreed to leave his trunk open for donations.  His vehicle (a black Ford Edge (SUV) will be parked in the lower lot of OBB with the trunk lid open.  People could just drop things in there and I will be glad to deliver it to one of three sites near me.  

Boy Scout Troops in Vestavia are receiving and packaging donations and carrying them in trucks/trailers directly to the Christian Service Mission (CSM). There will be several troops in Scout Square (next to the Walgreen’s, across Hwy 31 from the Vestavia Publix) from 8-5 on Saturday. 


Kappa Delta Pi is sponsoring a school supply drive from May 5th-May 10th. Please drop off new school supplies outside of Room 233 in the OBB.

Consider donating to either the employee emergency assistance fund or the student emergency assistance fund.

Employee Assistance Fund Giving Form <>
(This is the “Other Designation” page; donors must specify that they want to donate to the Employee Assistance Fund.)

Student Emergency Assistance Fund Giving Form <>  


Mission Birmingham<> is also collecting supplies for distribution in disaster areas and is seeking volunteers to come help put together care packages.

Family Voices of Alabama has set up a special donation and assistance page to assist families with special health care needs children that may have been affected by the tornadoes.  You can learn more  at

Ashley Gassner in Brooks 122 is collecting items for  relief efforts.  They are putting together care packages for children.    Abi Williams in Brooks Hall 107 is collecting infant and child items for the relief efforts through and MOMS Market.  

Kids Market located at the old Academy in Wildwood Shopping Center on Lakeshore has reopened in order to collect children's and infant items (NO CLOTHES) to be donated to tornado relief.  For more information go to!/notes/kim-edwards-meadows/kids-market-gives-back/10150233993610908

Greater Birmingham Humane Society, which is near Samford on Snow Drive, is serving as a major staging area for animals that were displaced by the storms.  Many dogs and cats have been brought in from Tuscaloosa, Pratt City, etc.  Some have been reunited with their owners.   Some no longer have owners.  This is a big undertaking, and GBHS is running out of food.  If you'd like to take a bag or two of dog and/or cat food to them, they'd be highly appreciative.  They are having a very hard time keeping up with the demand.
Greater Birmingham Humane Society for areas surrounding Birmingham - 300 Snow Drive, Birmingham, AL (off of West Oxmoor Rd) - phone 205-942-1211 -<>

Don’t question or ask what you will be doing.  Simply come with a servant heart, ready to do what needs to be done. 

Hands On Birmingham has specific site needs available for volunteers.  If you've not already formed a volunteer team or signed up as an individual you can do so here as well as register as an official volunteer:<;_action=eventDetail&amp;ixSpecialEvent=423>

Students Amanda Gargus and Ben Meadows have organized this opportunity for Saturday:

YMCA Camp Cosby is gathering a group to go down to the communities surrounding Tuscaloosa on Saturday May 7. We will be meeting at 8am in the Rotunda Parking Lot to load supplies and equipment to take to these hard hit areas such as Holt, Alberta, Peterson, and Snoddy. While there we will also be helping tarp roofs, search through the rubble, and provide first aid THOSE WITH FIRST AID EXPERIENCE ARE GREATLY NEEDED.   Also we are in need of some necessary supplies: FIRST AID SUPPLIES, food that does not need to be heated, water, baby supplies (bottles, diapers, formula, and wipes), feminine products (especially pads), CANDLES, NAILS, and HAMMERS. We are also trying to collect supplies for the children in the Holt community such as candy, coloring books, and crayons. If you are interested in volunteering please wear long pants, closed toed shoes, and your Samford Gives Back shirt. BRING YOUR OWN GLOVES and if possible a hammer and a bag of nails. To learn more or if you want to drop off supplies contact Amanda Gargus at LOVE THY NEIGHBOR!!!!

Birmingham Baptist Association  Meal preparation desperately needed: Food Trailer is stationed at 4825 Avenue W Ensley Just behind Fire station #20 near the fairgrounds. There are four shifts available for volunteers, with the two greatest needs the 5:00am shift and the 6:00pm shift. This will take place at least through this week.  If you can form a team to assist with any one of these shifts, please contact Bill Morrison at

1st shift: 5am-10am, Preparation of 3000 meals

2nd shift: 10am-1:30pm, Preparation of 3000 meals

3rd shift: 1:30pm-5:00pm, Preparation of 3000 meals

4th shift: 6pm-10pm, Clean up and preparation for following day

Chainsaw crews needed: Assist in removing trees from property. If students don’t have access to a chainsaw, they can drag limbs to the curb. Saturday will be the biggest day for this work.  Wear appropriate work clothes and closed toes shoes.  Central Park Baptist Church; 1900 43rd   Street in Ensley at 9:00 am through Friday and 8:00 am on Saturday.

Crossroads Community Church, located at the corner of Hwy 31 and Shades Crest Rd (church next to the President’s Home) is in need of about 10 volunteers to unload pallets of crisis care packets starting at 9:00 am on Saturday morning. 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT The Foundry  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will be sorting/sizing clothing donations at Bessemer City Hall Auditorium located on the corner of 18th Street North and 3rd Avenue. We need volunteers to help sort and size from 8:30 AM until 8:30 PM. All you need to do is show up. Email if you can help

From the Alabama Baptist Fellowship:
McDonald's Chapel outside of Birmingham is an isolated community without much help. We have heard that 35 homes were destroyed, additional damage done to most of the other houses and at least six dead. We have identified them as one area where we will be doing extensive long-term work to restore their housing.
There is an IMMEDIATE need for debris removal, clean-up, supplies, and people to come and listen and talk with these victims. If you want to help right away, we need people to come (bring your own supplies - chain saws, gloves, bags, water, gas, etc) on Saturday, May 7 starting at 9 am.  Mart Gray of Covenant Church will be organizing these few days of activity (contact: or 334-806-8118). We do anticipate more work days in the future. You are encouraged to be updated on your tetanus shot.

 BB&T bank will sponsor a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Tuesday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Shades Valley Branch, 2501 20th Place South, Birmingham, Ala., 35223
Critical need for psychiatrist and TRAINED shock, grief and depression counselors in Pratt City.  Please call Anne  Lucas at 205-746-6850 if you are qualified and can help.
United Way is looking for volunteers to man their 2-1-1 phone line,  Students can email their availability to to sign up for a 4 hr shift (any times are appreciated).
Volunteers will be trained to answer phones at the emergency hotline to direct calls as necessary

Timely updates on additional service and resource needs are being posted on the Christian Service Mission face book site.  Addresses where you can drive to and go into the community from a set location are also listed. .  Literally the needs change by the minute so be sure to sign up for their updates.  CS Mission is reaching into Birmingham, Cullman, Tuscaloosa, and the smallest cities in between.  The best thing is to sign for their daily email newsletter which lists the service sites, instructions for volunteering, as well as the day's most pressing donation needs.  From there, simply show up, individually or as a group, or follow instructions given in the email to fulfill one of the needs they share.
Birmingham Baptist Disaster Relief is offering training for disaster relief deployment.
MPower Ministries has set up a medical clinic in Pratt City and needs medical volunteers as well as chaplains, pastors, and pastoral counselors.  Find out how to help at    or contact Ryan Hankins at


Samaritan's Purse/Mission Birmingham  will continue to send daily teams every weekday from 7 am and 1 pm.
(This is the group that meets at Garywood Assembly of God at 2730 Allison-Bonnet Memorial Drive, Hueytown, 35023)

Medical volunteers can sign up at Alabama Department of Public Health

The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions also has a website with regularly updated donation and service effort needs at

PRAY:Take a moment to reflect on those affected by these storms, including members of the Samford community by viewing today's guided prayer video at

Please remember that counseling is available should you need to talk to someone during this time.  Please call Counseling at x2065, located in temporary offices on the 3rd floor of the University Center, in the Career Development Center conference room area.

 Continue to check<> for information about how you can donate and serve through a variety of local agencies as well as assist students, faculty, and staff at Samford through donating to the emergency assistance fund.  There will you find updates for additional ways you can give, serve, and pray as we join hearts and hands in support of the greater community around us.

Renie Porter Moss, Assistant Dean for Campus Life



The following websites are for state or local organizations that may be coordinating disaster response efforts:


Philip Poole
Executive Director of Marketing and Communication