Such a report was in the Tuesday edition of The Daily Home, which detailed the roundabout way a Pell City native played a part in getting relief items sent to the Shoal Creek area of St. Clair County.
Carren Jones Wright teaches fourth grade at Woodbridge Elementary School in Greenwood, Del. That’s a long way from Pell City, Wright’s hometown.
Her friend Juli Tittle sent Wright a link to Toomers for Tuscaloosa, a group of Auburn folks who organized relief efforts for Tuscaloosa, badly damaged by the storms. Soon, there was an effort called “Raiders for Relief” gathering clothes and other supplies for St. Clair County residents suffering from storm damage.
“Our mission began as merely a thought between a few people who have ties to Alabama, but it became much more,” Wright said. It became a movement of good people taking a moment to look outside of their own lives. For many, it was the opportunity to appreciate the blessing we have.”
So, after collecting these supplies, a way had to be found to get them to Alabama.
Enter Jerry Burleson, who works for a trucking company in northwest Alabama.
“The company I drive for makes a run up there about once a week. It makes me feel good to bring these needed items and supplies here,” Burleson said.
Wright’s friend Tittle said that some of those Delaware folks might be driving around in Alabama soon, as they come here to visit.
“If you see a vehicle with a Delaware tag, give us a wave. We will know what it means,” she said.
We know what it means as well. It means neighbors are everywhere, from Alabama to Delaware and all points in between,