Tucker resident Jason Collins, owner of Affordable Roofing of Tucker on Main Street, wasted no time in organizing relief efforts after his hometown of Pleasant Grove, Al was devastated by tornados on April 27. Collins has already driven to Alabama with his first truckload of supplies, many of which were donated by members of Business After Hours in Smoke Rise. More supplies will be needed as residents of Pleasant Grove work to rebuild their community.
Art Wood of Hometown Lenders offered his office as a drop-off location for supplies that Tucker residents would like to donate to the relief effort. Items can be left at Hometown Lenders at 2341 Main Street in Tucker for the next couple of weeks.
“There’s really no deadline [on donations]. I’m sure he’ll be going down for the next couple of weeks. They can certainly use anything that they can possibly get,” Wood said.
Wood suggests donating non-perishables, canned goods, dry pasta, diapers, and bottled water. Though there will generally be someone at the Hometown Lenders office to accept the donations, Wood says to feel free to call ahead to make sure the office is open. He can be reached at 678-951-1281.
Wood relayed Collins’ description of the damage. “You take Tucker, and imagine all the trees either uprooted or snapped in half, and where the nice houses were with siding, they’re displaced some two or three blocks away. The nicer houses that were brick are just reduced to rubble.”
The Weather Channel reports at least 197 deaths due to last week’s tornado outbreak. At least 131 of these deaths were in Alabama.