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May 24, 2011   Email to Friend 

SELFLESS SERVICE: WEST ALABAMA FARMERS FEDERATIONS AID IN RELIEF EFFORTS
Jillian Clair
334-612-5660
May 24, 2011

Volunteers make 500 plates of Boston butt barbecue in Demopolis May 11. The plates were taken to Holt in Tuscaloosa County.
HOLT, Ala. - Although West Alabama suffered tornado damage of its own, several county Farmers Federations from the region have raised money and prepared food for other areas in need.

Farmers Federation presidents from Greene, Marengo, Pickens, Hale, Sumter, Perry, Dallas, Choctaw, Lowndes, Butler and Clarke counties met May 1 to discuss how their counties could help, and it was decided that donating money was the best avenue for assistance.

Eight days later, they had raised almost $19,350.

Checks were presented to United Way of West Alabama and the American Red Cross May 9.

Two days later, Farmers Federation directors from Hale, Greene, Pickens and Sumter counties along with their wives and others prepared 500 plates of barbecue to victims in the Holt Community in Tuscaloosa County.

"We still wanted to do something a little more personal, so that's where the cooking came in," said Dickie Odom, district 8 director and president of the Greene County Farmers Federation.

Area 6 Director Tommy Martin said 15 volunteers cooked the food.

"Not a single person ate a single bite of that meal that was brought in," Martin said. "We wanted to make sure every plate made it to the people who needed it. That shows you the character of the kind of folks we had there."

Martin said the food was prepared in Demopolis and then delivered to Holt. "They were so appreciative for the generosity to get a good Boston butt meal," Martin said.

Odom said county Federations aren't finished helping.

"The needs up there are not one-time--this is going to be an ongoing thing," Odom said. "This is going to take at least months--maybe years. There's so much more that needs doing."

To aid in tornado relief efforts, contact your county Farmers Federation president.


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