Our hearts and prayers go out to the survivors and the families of those who lost loved ones in Alabama and also caused destruction and deaths in Tennessee, Mississippi, Virginia, and Georgia devastated by the 4.27.11 tornadoes. You are in our hearts and prayers. For any who may not know about this horrific event you can click on this link http://www.wbir.com/web/wbir/weather/a-look-back-deadly-tornado-outbreak-on-april-27-2011/154392139 ~Mikaela & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
My heart goes out to those who suffered loss on this day in 2011 and to the thousands who are still trying to rebuild their lives. Praying for all those that I met on my three trips to Alabama–those working disaster relief as well as those who had experienced this horrible destruction. You are in my prayers today.
Three years ago on this day there was an outbreak of tornadoes in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama where 316 people lost their lives. In the little town of Hackleburg, AL–population 1,500–18 people lost their lives and nearly 85% of the town was destroyed. In Tuscaloosa, AL more than 50 people lost their lives. Other towns were hit but these are the two towns that I visited in 2011. May God give His Peace to all those who experienced this in 2011. ~Mikaela
A 10 day old baby boy, a 4 year old boy and a 6 year girl have no mother thanks to her caught in the crossfire and killed while standing on her porch in Birmingham, AL. She was holding her 10 day old baby at the time of her death; the baby is thankfully unharmed. The mother, Sherri Williams, was a single Mom and her mother–who is on a fixed income–is currently caring for her grandchildren. (For more click on the link below…credit to the inquisitor.com)
These children have some desperate and immediate needs:
- Diapers newborn and up
- Diaper rash ointment
- Baby wipes
- Baby lotion
- Baby body wash
- Baby shampoo
- Food for the 4 and 6 year old
- Clothes size 4T for the boy
Toys (new only please) would be great for these children, too, especially since they just lost their Mom.
We will update you on the children’s needs as we learn more details, but these are the most immediate needs and also with an address to send them to. If you wish to donate you can go to our Alabama PayPal link www.paypal.com/
We thank you as always for your support for H4CM as we endeavor to help the children one child at a time. Please also keep this family in your prayers. ~The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
This time the Bartlesville, OK storage area had items needed–yay! We sent a package to Alabama for some Kiddos yesterday that included toys and shoes. What these children go through is so saddening which makes this girl smile knowing we can make a difference in their young lives. Can’t wait to hear what happens when they open up their box! ~Mikaela
Katrina Brannon joined our team in October 2011 as our Central & Southern Alabama Coordinator. She was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and now lives in Northport, AL with her husband and 10 year old daughter. She also has an older daughter who is married.
Katrina was looking for a way that we could help children with shoes. She researched and found an established nonprofit that could help us. She contacted them and let us know what information was needed. Soon after we were approved she received our first delivery of shoes–500 pairs! She delivered shoes to about 50 children in May of 2012 to Tuscaloosa (T-Town), AL schools who were hit hard by the 4.27.11 tornadoes and then took several deliveries to a local clothes closet.
In December of 2012 Heart 4 Children Ministries partnered with Real Hope in Tuscaloosa on a Christmas Toy Drive. Katrina was the reason we were able to help, as she searched for an organization in T-Town that H4CM could work with to help the children who would otherwise not have a Christmas.
Katrina helped 179 children in Alabama last year, many of them through the Christmas Toy Drive. She has helped several children already this year and we’re sure that she will again do her best to help the children at Christmas who would otherwise go without toys. Please join us in recognizing Katrina for her hard work! ~ The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
Many times at Heart 4 Children Ministries we hear of needs in states that we do not have an office in and that are far away from us. Can we still help? Absolutely! That is when we hope to be able to partner with another organization that is near one of our offices that will be going to help.
When Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, especially New York City and New Jersey, we wanted to help. However, we were unable to drive there at that time nor did we have an office near there. Katrina Brannon, our Central & Southern Alabama Coordinator contacted an organization near our office in Northport, AL and got things sent to the children in hard hit Staten Island. She also contacted Lighthouse Mission located in Long Island, NY and was able to work with them by giving them the Alabama donations given to H4CM for children that lost everything in Sandy. They then helped the needs of the children there who had been in Superstorm Sandy. Our Central & Western OK Coordinator, JJ Francais, sent 600 diapers to Lighthouse Mission for them to give out to babies that were in Sandy.
Whenever there is a natural disaster far away from us, we hope to again partner with an organization who is either on the ground or close to one of our offices that will be going there to help. ~Mikaela
We are awaiting word to see if we will be able to help any children in this town or any of the other towns that were impacted by the tornadoes. We will keep you posted on needs. Right now for BABIES we are short on: diapers, wipes, formula, and other baby needs. If you can help please let us know. Thanks ~Mikaela
If your child, grandchild, niece or nephew lost all of their toys, what kind of toy or toys would they want to receive? Well then that’s the kind of toys we need in our storage areas. We’re really low on toys in both Oklahoma and Alabama–boys and girls age newborn to age 12.
Unfortunately disasters happen–tornadoes, floods, wild fires, etc and we at Heart 4 Children Ministries want to have a good supply of toys that we can just reach in and get to the child or children who just lost theirs. This is the very first thing that we help with way before the family is asking for clothes, shoes and other items.
If you decide you want to send us one new toy or more, the address is up at the end of this post. Checks, gift cards and PayPal gifts are always welcome. Our 4 locations are below.
Heart 4 Children Ministries, Inc, 387 S. Fenway Pl., Bartlesville, OK 74006 Heart 4 Children Ministries, Inc, P.O. Box 1594, Chickasha, OK 73023 Heart 4 Children Ministries, Inc, 5117 Northwood Lake Rd East, Northport, AL 35473 Heart 4 Children Ministries, Inc, C/O Tech Electronics, 5901 Hwy 78 E., Jasper, AL 35501
Thanks as always for your support! ~Mikaela
Note from the Head Banana: Deborah is our Kid’s Assessment Manager for Jefferson, Walker and Winston Counties in Alabama
We are having a game drive for children who have been touched by natural disasters. My children, Cassia and Deja are working with their friends to get donations because these are games and who better to find children’s games than children?
I am posting pics that Katrina Brannon, our Alabama Central & Western Coordinator took of the donations that she has either picked up or had delivered. The story is hers to tell, but I am sharing the pics (with her permission of course) because I’m so excited for the Kids that will receive them!!!