LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - A press conference was held Tuesday to discuss East Alabama Medical Center’s (EAMC) program to help rebuild Lee County after tornadoes hit in early March.
So far, the MEND program has helped 15 families to establish temporary housing and funded apartments for families who lost their home. Three homes are also in the process of being rebuilt.
EAMC is the second largest employer in Lee County and wanted to give an update on how the county is doing nearly a month after tornadoes struck on March 3.
“We are expecting donations certainly,” said EAMC Vice President Dennis Thrasher. “We have put these people in apartments we are having ongoing costs to keep these people in apartments, to keep the food flowing, and to keep the rent paid. One thing I would like to say is that we have several large pledges that we will receive, so we do have support coming. We would like to make it known that 100 percent of donations are staying locally and there is no overhead involved.”
EAMC continues to take donations and still need more help. The hospital wants to let the public know that the community is strong, but there is still lots of work to be done.