Columbus State Helping Lead Citywide Tornado Relief Drive; Collection Friday

Columbus State University is partnering with Uptown Columbus, WTVM, PMB Broadcasting and other local organizations for a one-day, citywide relief effort to provide much-needed supplies to the victims of recent tornadoes in Georgia and Alabama.

Residents of the valley area are encouraged to drop off new or like-new supplies and non-perishable food items on Friday, May 20 at the following locations:

• 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at CSU’s Continuing Education parking lot on East Lindsay Drive, next to the interstate
• 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Broadway in Uptown Columbus (during the Friday night Uptown Concert series featuring Big Woody and the Splinters, starting at 7 p.m.)

The effort is in response to the April 27 tornadoes that ravaged the Southeast. Many of those affected are still suffering. Based on several requests from people who wanted to do something, Columbus State University is organizing the relief effort.

All supplies will be shipped to a warehouse set up by Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa, a grassroots campaign originally set up by Auburn University fans to help those around Tuscaloosa who were most severely affected. The astounding success of this effort has allowed the campaign to spread its donations throughout Alabama and into Georgia.

Organizers have set up a Facebook page at “Columbus (GA) Tornado Relief Effort” that lists more information and needed supplies, such as toiletries, non-perishable food, diapers, pet food, tents, tarps and tools.

For more information, contact John Lester, CSU assistant vice president for University Relations, at 706-507-8725 or; or Kimberly Lamkin Drew, president of Drew Public Relations, Inc., 706-568-9504 or     

Volunteers are also needed to help load and sort donations on May 20. Call Kim Drew at 706-568-9504 if you can help.