Many people, businesses and charities in the greater Lake Martin area are in need of help. If you are wondering how to help them, please see the list below. This is by no means a complete and exhaustive list. I plan to edit this page and add as things develop.
Since many of my readers are from greater than two hours away from Lake Martin, I will try and provide web links or numbers to call so that you can call and donate money. My thinking is that you might not be able to physically come help, or drop of clothes, or donate toiletries, but maybe you can contribute $10 or $20.
I leave it up to each reader to decide whether to contribute hyper locally to the Lake Martin area or to contribute to causes that are more likely to help Alabama or the South as a whole.
Mt. Hebron East Baptist Church – this church is located on the corner of Elmore County Road 80 aka Mt. Hebron Road, and Middle Road. Read this article. It was totally blown away by the tornado. If you would like to contribute, you can donate to the Elmore Baptist Association. They are in the process of getting a PayPal account. Until then, contact Jim Jackson at Elmore Baptist.org – he says: “if anyone would like to donate through our office – we have established a Designated Fund: “Mt Hebron East Rebuilding Project.” All funds received will be given to this church for this purpose. Persons may send a check to “Elmore Baptist Association,” PO Box 367, Wetumpka AL 36092. Include a note or write on the check “Mt Hebron East.”
Kamp Kiwanis Volunteer Fire Department – this VFD is located on County Road 80 aka Mt. Hebron Road, near Kamp Kiwanis Road. I understand that is was totally destroyed by the tornado. I don’t have any contact numbers, much less a way to donate online. I am working on this. If any readers know how to donate directly to them, please contact me here or email me at info at lakemartinvoice dot com.
Children’s Harbor – Children’s Harbor Lake Martin campus at Kowaliga was not totally destroyed. Church in the Pines, their Chapel, and larger building were OK but they did receive some damage on their cabins. See a video here and newspaper articles here and also here. CLICK HERE to go to Children’s Harbor website to donate.
Pace’s Point VFD -It is located on Tallapoosa County side of Lake Martin – at County Road 34 West, Dadeville, AL 36853. Their building made it through OK, but they are the first responder to the County Road 34 area. They have some of the most inspiring stories that I have heard in Lake Martin tornado saga. They literally cut people out of homes and saved lives. Due to funding lags a lot of the firemen are paying for gas, supplies, and victim relief out of their own pockets right now. This is a travesty. Fortunately, they had the foresight to set up this website. Their Assistant Chief, Phil Adcock, let me know that they are a 501(c)(3) organization and accept donations through paypal. Please help!
I will be glad to edit this page and add info as necessary – if you want me to add your group, please CLICK HERE to use this contact form.
If you are more local, and would like to physically volunteer or donate items, here are some good lists: