If you talk to Tina Horn of Alexandria this week, chances are she will be out of breath but full of energy. Horn, along with a committee of 14 local residents, have been busy planning “Day of Healing” as part of the Hip2Help tour.
Four communities were chosen as part of the charity tour that includes community service projects and donated goods for local families who lost everything in the April 27th tornado. The tour begins in Griffin, Ga. on July 3 and 4, then Lake Martin, AL. on July 5 and 6, Memphis, TN. On July 7 and ends on July 8 and 9 in Calhoun County, AL.
Horn said on Friday, July 8, the community service work will focus in Webster’s Chapel and two local families, the Thornton and Keener families, will benefit from the donations and volunteer work. On July 9, the “Day of Healing” will be a time for the survivors and the community to come together.
Horn has been overwhelmed with the response even though she knew she had to do something to help. After all, she survived the tornado. “My daughter and I sat in my daughter’s basement and watched the tornado cross the street.” She said it was one of the most terrifying things she’s ever experienced. Seeing the devastation to Webster’s Chapel and Ohatchee left her speechless.
But when Collin Morgan, owner of the popular coupon blog, Hip2Save, asked her readers for feedback on what to do to help tornado victims, Horn found all the right words to say.
“I’m always a person to take a stand on things. So, I wrote an email to her,” she said. “Susan, Collin’s mother called me one day.” Tina said that she explained that focus was going to areas like Tuscaloosa and Birmingham and places like Webster’s Chapel and Ohatchee needed help. “The tornado didn’t stop in Birmingham,” she explained.
Susan called her back and told her not only did they want to add Calhoun County as one of the Hip2Help stops, but they wanted Tina to head up the efforts locally. “They wanted to do a community service project and something like a pot luck. So I got to work!”
Morgan said the Hip2Help project is reader-driven and the idea came from personal emails from those affected by the tornados and flooding. “The key moment for me happened when I viewed a picture depicting hundreds of homes completely underwater from the floods,” she said. “My heart literally ached for those people.
As I sat in the comfort of my own home, I realized that I needed to do something to give back.”
The local volunteers selected the families to sponsor and Hip2Save put out the word for items that were needed for the families. Along with local donations, Hip2Save has received items from national sponsors. “I have received over 200 boxes of donated items and coupons, including free product coupons,” Morgan said.
Morgan credits Horn for the success for the efforts in Calhoun County. But Horn said it’s not about her. “It’s amazing how things have come together. This isn’t the work of Tina. It’s all God.”
Do you have stockpile, non-expired coupons or items to donate? Contact Tina Horn at 256-620-7330 or 256-239-5206.
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Local Hip2Help Donation Drop-Off
Drop-Off Location: Saks Baptist Church, c/o Tina Horn Hip2Help, 2945 US Hwy 431, Anniston, AL 36206.
List of Needs for Donations: 100 reusable grocery bags; items for gift bags to storm survivors: lotion, antibacterial soap, body sprays, little tools, socks, combs, brushes, cleaning supplies, nail polish, nail clippers, nail files, razors, hand mirrors, & anything that someone, who has lost everything, might need. For families who are being sponsored, please see needs list above.