The Vikings have pledged their commitment to help the people of Lee County who lost everything when an EF4 tornado ravaged communities last Sunday. Jasper High School announced that personal …
The Vikings have pledged their commitment to help the people of Lee County who lost everything when an EF4 tornado ravaged communities last Sunday.
Jasper High School announced that personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies will be collected at the school from now until Wednesday afternoon, March 13, to benefit the people of Lee County. Donated items will then be taken directly to a drop off point in Lee County next Thursday by Jasper High head football coach Bryan Moore.
Jonathan Allen, principal of Jasper High, said collecting items to send to Lee County is, of course, a way for students to give back, but it's also an opportunity to help communities close to the heart of some Jasper High faculty members.
Moore said he has around 40 family members who live in the area of Lee County, located over 150 miles southeast of Jasper. He is thankful none of his relatives were hurt or lost their homes on Sunday, but he said a family friend wasn't as fortunate, as their home was destroyed.
Moore said his sister had a close call with the storm.
"My sister was driving. They knew the storm was going to cross Highway 280 there, and she and her husband jumped in the car. They were trying to go to my parents'," Moore said. "They got half way there and could see debris in the rearview mirror. They ended up stopping at my aunt's and got in their basement."
He added, "It was a scary ordeal for sure."
Allen said Jasper High choral director Garrett Lindsey has family from Smiths Station — one hard hit area in Lee County — and Jasper High strength and conditioning coach Philip Bailey also has family in Lee County.
"We have a lot of connections to that community," Allen said. "We believe there's a lesson in every opportunity that happens. Even in the worst situations, there's a lesson that we can teach our young people about demonstrating what compassion really looks like."
Allen continued, "Coach Moore, when he came to Jasper, he brought 'the Viking way' and that terminology with our kids. One of our focus words has been compassion and love with action. We want our kids to have compassion and demonstrate their caring for the communities in Lee County."
Donations for the cause can be dropped off at the main office of Jasper High School off Viking Drive during school hours.
According to a post of Facebook, Dora Fire and Rescue Service has its own effort to benefit tornado victims. They are accepting donations of bottled water, non-perishable food items and clothing that will later be transported to Lee County.
The fire station is located at 1485 Sharon Blvd. in Dora, behind Dora City Hall.