The latest numbers on the toll from the tornadoes that roared through parts of the Southeast on Tuesday and Wednesday are sobering: "at least 342 people died across seven states, including 250 in Alabama," The Associated Press says. Thousands more were injured and thousands more than that are homeless.
In Alabama, The Birmingham News writes this morning that:
"An army of volunteers trooped into storm-stricken communities across west and central Alabama on Saturday, bringing food, water and labor to those trying to pick up the pieces.
" 'The response is overwhelming,' said Judy McGuirk, a member of storm-damaged Fultondale First Baptist Church."
For those who can't go to the region but still want to help, the Federal Emergency Management Agency links to a list put together by the National Donations Management Network. It includes organizations that are active in disaster relief and has links to their websites — which include online donation forms.
There's state-specific information on the website of Mississippi Public Broadcasting as well. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.