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How to Help the South's Tornado Victims

Thousands are reeling today after having their homes torn apart by brutal storms. Here's how to help no matter where you are.


Updated, Friday April 29, 1:23 pm EST: Like most every compassionate world citizen today, our thoughts are with those in the southern United States, which has been ravaged by devastating tornadoes. Here's a roundup of how you can help the thousands of families in need. We'll be updating this throughout the day, so check back for more donation opportunities as they come.

United Way of West Alabama: 2720 Sixth St. No. 100, between Lurleen Wallace Boulevard and Capitol Park, 205-345-6640. The United Way could use donations of nonperishable food items, clothes, tarps, and feminine hygiene products. You can also make cash donations, all of which will stay local, by credit card at www.uwwa.org.

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People Are Awesome: This Hardware Store Employee Saved Dozens from a Violent Tornado

Amid the tragedy, bravery emerges: This guy saved 100 people from a deadly storm.


The first tale of heroism amid the chaos in the tornado-ravaged South has emerged, and it's a timeless one of a normal guy, forced into an abnormal situation, who went far above and beyond what was expected of him.

Dozens of people who might not have been are alive in Sanford, North Carolina, thanks to Mike Hollowell, a Lowe's hardware store manager who ushered about 100 Lowe's customers to safety when a tornado ripped the store apart on April 17.

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