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"You get to make a choice. You can remake that choice everyday, in fact. It's never too late to choose optimism, to choose action, to choose excellence. The best thing is that it only takes  a moment—just one second to decide. 

Before you finish this paragraph, you have the power to change everything that's to come. And you can do that by asking yourself (and your colleagues) the one question that every organization and every individual needs to ask today:
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Saturday
May142011

Something Great is Bama Bound!

On April 27, 2011 devastating tornadoes ripped across the Southeast killing over 340 people.  In Alabama there were over 50 tornadoes with the major tornado measuring 1.5 miles wide and traveling a path of destruction that was 80 miles wide.  When the dust settled, over 230 people in Alabama were killed.

Within the week, Flemington New Jersey’s Something Great Foundation began planning its relief trip to Alabama. On May 12th Dan, Kris and Ryan Lynn loaded the organization’s 12-foot specially equipped disaster relief vehicle and began its 17-hour drive to Birmingham.  The supplies included items such as baby formula, diapers, batteries, flashlights, military Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), work gloves, garbage bags, tape, chain saw, saws-all, circular saw, router, chain saw oil, tent, cot, storage containers, toothpaste, soap, disinfectant wipes, rubber gloves, pet food and cleaning supplies.

 

To learn more about our trip and get a 15-year old's day-by-day perspective on the adventure, please read Ryan’s Bama Story below.

To see more pictures of our Alabama journey, click here.

Visit www.csmission.org for information on ways to help out!

We would also like to recognize a couple of individuals who helped us with this trip or who we met along the way:

  • Steven Goldthwaite, CEO of Metem Corporation, for the donation of MREs and significant help with the truck in order to help make our dream come true.
  • Robert Vernon, Owner of Digital Arts Imaging in Flemington, for donating the "Bama Bound" signage and banner.  Please support Digital Arts Imaging.  www.digitalartsimaging.com.
  • Mary Grace from Christian Mission Services in Birmingham for her incredible hospitality, hard work, and passion.  www.csmission.org.
     

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