Brownsville Volunteers Accepting Donations to Help Storm Victims

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Friday, April 29, 2011 - 8:46am

The Parks and Recreation Department in Brownsville is contacting the entire community to come out and donate to help those affected in the storms. Massive tornadoes across the south of the nation have left hundreds dead and have prompted cities like Brownsville to step up and help.

"Anybody who's been watching TV today or yesterday, you can't help but to understand what these people could be going through. But the depth of it, it touched me this morning and I had a lot of phone calls."

Chris Patterson with Brownsville’s Parks and Recreation Department has called everyone he knows. This is not a city deal. Patterson took it upon himself, with the help of others in the community, including a local church, to set up shop in front of the local shopping mall and accept donations.

"You know, a lot of people are sitting outside without shelter, without places. We’ve been there before in Brownsville and sometimes a call of action it's just, you're an American and you want to help other Americans, it doesn't matter what part of the country."

So far, the massive tornadoes have killed at least 250 people in six states. Two major cities in Alabama have taken the worst. Officials say those cities were devastated by the deadliest twister in decades. Weather officials say some tornadoes were as wide as a mile.

"I’m from the Midwest, originally. We’ve been in tornadoes and they're so sudden. You don't have any time to plan. You just know there's a storm coming."

Patterson, along with several volunteers, will hit the road this Sunday and will drive to Alabama in a bigger trailer, hopefully filled with donations.

"I did get in contact, first thing this morning, at about 8:02, with an organization in Tuscaloosa Alabama, that's where we're headed to and they told us exactly what they needed."

You can drop off those donations outside the Sunrise Mall in Brownsville. Volunteers will accept them until midnight tonight, tomorrow from 6 a.m. until midnight and possibly Saturday.

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