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Communities set up donation boxes for tornado victims

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The church requested everything from Gatorade, to personal hygiene items, to yard tools and bags to help pick up debris. The church requested everything from Gatorade, to personal hygiene items, to yard tools and bags to help pick up debris.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Surrounding communities pitched in to help with tornado recovery efforts. In Lauderdale County, they set up donation drop off spots to help victims in Limestone County. When asked why they organized donation spots, they all said they felt compelled to help.

One drop off location was at Rick's BBQ on Shoals Creek. The ladies there said they had already sent two truckloads of supplies to Clements First Baptist Church, and they were excite about sending more. The church requested everything from Gatorade, to personal hygiene items, to yard tools and bags to help pick up debris.

Volunteers said it didn't matter what or how much you give, because every little bit helps.

One woman began running a clothing and furniture pick-up for the victims in Limestone County. Pam Clark said she was blessed to have made it through Monday's storms without damage to her home. She said since then she felt compelled to help those in need.

"The more I thought about it, the heavier my heart got, and I thought why not pay it forward and find you somewhere and start accepting donations," said Clark.

After a few phone calls, Pam Clark was able to secure the old Catfish Inn building, located off Highway 72 in Clements. From that point on, she hit the ground running.

"It's been wonderful, I mean, there was still wonderful people out there and good hearted, but I never knew how much," she said.

Clark said she now needs help making sure the victims know where to go, and she said she'll stay there as long as she can to help her community.

"I want everybody to know that it's a blessing to be able to do something like this," said Clark. "I can't help them clean up, I'm not able, but this is something I can do and I will be here as long as Chand and them will let me, and until people get everything they need."

A group of ladies in the Shoals decided to use their gift of comedy to help with those relief efforts. They started a "Little Debbie Challenge." They are hoping to spread joy while raising donations for the tornado recovery efforts in Limestone County.

"We like to make people laugh, and that's just what we do," said Lisa Vest. "We take popular songs and rewrite them for things that are involved in a ladies life."

The Bible said laughter is the best medicine, and for nearly 10 years, these ladies have used comedy as a way to minister to the community.

"They were asking for snack foods and since we have a Little Debbie's song we thought we would put out a Little Debbie challenge to all of our fans, and it worked because we have had Debbie Cakes being dropped off all morning long, and we're just trying to stay out of them," said Vest.

The ladies are known for helping to raise funds for community projects. After seeing the devastation from Monday's storms, all they want to do is to help put a smile on faces of the victims and volunteers working to pick up the pieces.

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