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Tornadoes across the United States

Tornadoes tore across the South in April and the Midwest in May, causing almost 500 deaths and millions of dollars in property damage.

In Missouri, on Sunday, May 22, a tornado killed at least 125 people, left about 1,500 unaccounted for and injured about 750. Tornadoes also caused deaths in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. The federal government declared 15 Missouri counties disaster areas.

In North Carolina, on Saturday, April 16, 28 tornadoes hit 33 counties, killing 24 people, including 12 in Bertie County. Estimates showed 133 people were seriously injured, 21 businesses and 439 homes were destroyed and 92 businesses and 6,189 houses sustained significant damage. The federal government declared 18 counties disaster areas.

Wake Forest students and families were impacted. To find out how to help those with Wake Forest connections, please contact the Office of the Chaplain.

To help across the South, see the list of text options and relief organizations to the right. To help in Alabama, which was the hardest hit:

Many ways to help in North Carolina have been set up, a few are outlined below:

  • Bertie County Tornado Relief Fund, P.O. Box 530, Windsor, NC 27983. Checks should be made out to “Bertie County Tornado Relief Fund.”
  • The American Red Cross is accepting online donations, or you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can also text 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • N.C. Tornado Relief 2011, a fund from the Triangle Community Foundation. Text NCCARES to 20222 to make a $10 contribution.
  • The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations, as well as food, furniture, clothing and other items. Volunteers are needed.
  • The N.C. Baptist Men has a relief fund. Find out more about donating or volunteering.
  • Mechanics and Farmers Bank has a relief fund for Shaw University, which has closed for the semester. Contributions may be sent to: Shaw University, Disaster Relief Fund, Mechanics and Farmers Bank; 13 E. Hargett Street; Raleigh, 27601.

Wake Forest coverage

Football player leads tornado relief drive
Dennis Godfrey is a rising senior on Wake Forest’s football team, and he is also from Sanford, which had parts of it torn apart by a tornado. So Godfrey organized a relief drive on campus to collect items he plans to drive home. [Video from WFMY] Read more ยป