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Relief funds set up to aid in tornado recovery

By Bayne Hughes

Want to help our southern Alabama neighbors recover from a devastating tornado disaster? State, local and private groups are setting up ways to provide financial and material aid.

A tornado severely damaged Enterprise High and Hillcrest Elementary schools. Eight students died and many others were injured when a hall roof collapsed at the high school.

Gov. Bob Riley established an information line, (877) 273-5018, and a Web site,, for anyone who wants to volunteer or send donations to help in the recovery. The Web site provides a list of needed items.

The city of Enterprise established an official relief fund for tornado victims at Community Bank and Trust. City officials said 100 percent of the money will go to the relief effort. Mail contributions to Community Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 311245, Enterprise, AL, 36330.

Green Hill Presbyterian Church in Enterprise also is assessing the needs of those involved in the tornado. If you would like to contribute to the recovery effort, send a check to "Enterprise Tornado Relief," 100 Daleville Ave., Enterprise, AL, 36330.

Compass Bank said it will accept American Red Cross donations for tornado relief. Donations will be accepted through March.

Donations to the American Red Cross can be made in any of the 89 Compass Bank banks in Alabama.

Customers may make a check or money order payable to the American Red Cross Birmingham Chapter or mail donations to the American Red Cross Birmingham Chapter at P.O. Box 830270 Birmingham, AL 35283 and note in the memo line "Alabama Tornado Relief."

At a board meeting Monday night, Limestone County Board of Education member John Wayne King issued a challenge to the system's teachers and students: Help the tornado victims at Enterprise High School.

King said if any class makes a donation, he will "drive it down there myself."

"Even if it's just pencils, let's see what we can do for them," King said. Assistant Metro Editor Franklin Harris and Staff Writer Holly Hollman contributed to this report.

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