Blountsville businesses offer support to tornado victims

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

BLOUNTSVILLE, AL (WXTX) -  We've heard the countless stories about organizations and volunteers helping out tornado victims, but now businesses in some towns are stepping up in the relief efforts.

To clean up damage like we've seen in some areas, it takes an entire community. But its not just volunteers and officials you'll see putting in the hours, local businesses are now pitching in to offer aid.

Blountsville Mayor Randy Millwood said, "This town is blessed to have the outreach we've had from our local businesses supporting us. That's what makes this community whole."

Family Building Supply off Main Street in Blountsville has had a steady flow of customers since the tornado hit. Manager Kelley Rutherford said, "We've run out of tarps. We ran out of generators the first day. We don't have any plastic left, no weather heads. We sold out of all the necessity stuff. We sold out of gas cans in the first three hours after the storm hit. We have an ice box out front that emptied within two hours."

Rutherford says another truck load is on the way, bringing their biggest seller... generators, "As far as generators, we're only down to about 900 people in the town without power so we should have everyone back up today."

One of the main reasons those power outage numbers are decreasing is because of the hard work from the Blountsville Alabama Power Company.

"Originally when the storm hit on Wednesday we had just our local crews, and immediately we realized the severity of the damage and we got people from Florida and South Carolina to send contract crews," explained Customer Service Manager for Alabama Power, Sharon Nance.

The biggest company donation came from nationally known company with local ties.

"Tyson came along on Saturday and brought a trailer load of chicken from Carthage, Mississippi. We have probably fed about 8,000 meals since Saturday," said Dennis Beavers, a volunteer with the Blountsville United Methodist Church.

Mayor Millwood added, "It's been a team effort with everybody and I want to thank them for Blountsville from the bottom of my heart. What these citizens have received, we'll never be able to pay them back."

These companies say they aren't doing this for recognition, they simply know how important it is to give back to their community members.

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