Tuscaloosa knows what it means to have outside support after a catastrophe, and those in Tuscaloosa, throughout the state, and Alabama Crimson Tide fans everywhere have a history of responding when others face devastation.
The attention now is on South Louisiana, which has suffered from unprecedented flooding that has cost lives and property, and the Alabama football program and Coach Nick Saban are asking those in Tuscaloosa and surrounding communities and the Crimson Tide nation to help.
“When natural disasters occur, like the catastrophic flooding in South Louisiana, football and rivalries take a back seat to providing help to those in need,” Alabama Coach Nick Saban said. “So many people came to the aid of the Tuscaloosa community following the tornado, we wanted to try and do something to give back to those who have lost so much in Louisiana. I’m very proud of our players and our organization for wanting to step up and help.”
Alabama football’s equipment truck that travels with the team throughout the season will be at several locations from Saturday through Tuesday.
First chance to donate will be at the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah 5K on Saturday from 7-11 a.m. at Government Plaza. The truck will move to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Saturday evening during the concert. The truck will then be parked at Home Depot off Veterans Memorial Parkway from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. Members of the Alabama football team, with assistance from the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), will be on hand when possible to accept the donations.
The Alabama football program includes several players and coaches from Louisiana, including assistant coaches Burton Burns and Karl Dunbar, strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran, and players Shyheim Carter (Kentwood), Raheem Falkins (New Orleans), Hootie Jones (Monroe), Cam Robinson (Monroe), Cam Sims (Monroe), Irv Smith (New Orleans), O.J. Smith (Bossier City), and Tim Williams (Baton Rouge).
Monetary donations are accepted at: www.ccdiobr.org or a check can be made out to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR). Please make sure to put August Flood on the check. The CCDBR is a 501c3 organization and all items and donations go directly to flood victims.
Donation Drop Offs:
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah 5K
Aug. 20 – 7-11 a.m.
Aug. 20 – During Concert
Home Depot (Tuscaloosa)
Aug. 21-23 – 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Donated items being requested are:
Travel Size Shampoo
Travel Size Conditioner
First Aid Supplies
Pull-Up Disposable Adult Diapers
Feminine Hygiene Products
Shockwave for Mold
Large Garbage Bags
Non-perishable food items