First Lady's visit postponed

UPDATED 11:55 a.m. 3/26/21 to reflect that the visit has been postponed
UPDATED 9:34 a.m. 3/25/21 - Updated with quote from JAFSC executive director Donna Kilgore

The visit of First Lady Jill Biden and actress Jennifer Garner to Jasper on Friday as part of the Biden administration’s “Help is Here” tour was postponed after deadly tornadoes struck the state.

"Due to the severe weather across the South and tragic loss of life in the state of Alabama, the First Lady and Jennifer Garner are postponing their travel to Birmingham and Jasper, AL," the First Lady's office announced Thursday evening.

The tour, which is promoting how the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan is expected to alleviate child poverty, was set to include visits to the Jasper Area Family Services Center and the YWCA of Central Alabama.

JAFSC, located in the former West Jasper Elementary School, is home to such programs as Baby Talk, Hippy and a UAB Early Head Start Program.

"It is an honor to host the First Lady and her guests. We look forward to talking with her about the importance of early learning, education and ways to address childhood poverty," JAFSC executive director Donna Kilgore said on Wednesday.

President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and various cabinet members are also traveling around the country to explain the various relief measures included in the economic stimulus bill signed into law on March 11.

“I promised the American people and I guess it’s becoming an overused phrase that help is on the way. We’ve delivered on that promise,” Biden said in a White House ceremony on March 12.

Harris kicked off the tour March 15 in Las Vegas. Biden and Harris appeared together in Georgia, a state important to Biden’s November victory, on Friday.

The First Lady has made stops in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

Garner, who hosted an Instagram Live conversation with Jill Biden in October, has become known for her philanthropical work. She has volunteered with the humanitarian organization Save the Children for more than a decade.

“I decided to work with Save the Children to help educate kids growing up in low-income families in rural America. I had planned to volunteer only in schools, but I quickly discovered the importance of birth to age 5 programs that involve going into communities and connecting with new moms,” Garner told InStyle in 2017.

The White House has stated that one goal of the American Rescue Plan is to cut childhood poverty in half.