LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) — A tractor-trailer packed full of food, water, toiletries, and close to $100,000 worth of other donations wheeled its way into Lee County Tuesday.
Volunteers helped unload the mountains of goods going towards those devastated by the March 3 tornado.
“Words cannot express how thankful we are for so many to do so much for those in need,” Sheriff Jay Jones said.
It’s all courtesy of the city of Enterprise.
Mayor William Cooper made the more than 120-mile drive with his team of volunteers and police officers.
He says his people wanted to pay forward generosity they received when a tornado ripped through Enterprise in 2007, killing eight high school students.
“Once you have gone through pain and sorrow, you understand when other people are going through it,” Cooper said. “This was one of the many reasons that we have tried to get together to try to help.”
The trailer full of donations came together in just three days over the St. Patrick’s day weekend.
The feat shocked and humbled young volunteers who also traveled in from all over the country to serve Lee County citizens.
“Never thought I would see so many boxes or bins of things,” said Emily Carey, Americorps NCCC volunteer. “It’s exciting and it just shows the human spirit and just how ready and willing people are to help from anywhere.”
“I’m not surprised because there’s good folks down there in Enterprise, and of course, this demonstrates that completely,” Jones said.
Volunteers tell Nexstar sister station WRBL they’ve had enormous support in collecting things like cleaning supplies, sanitary items and food. Those things that can help inside the home.
However, they still need help collecting things that can help outside the home: yard tools, carpenter’s tools, anything that can help those folks rebuilding their homes devastated in Lee County.
This report was made WRBL’s Mikhaela Singleton with special consideration toward WDHN viewers.