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Southeast tornadoes, April 2011

A tornado destroyed the meeting place of the Central Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

WHAT HAPPENED: A storm system produced more than 350 tornadoes in a four-day period. Hardest hit was Alabama, where two Churches of Christ lost their buildings. (See our coverage of the storms.)

WHAT HELPED: A church in Texas sent heavy duty tents, which helped workers organize supplies, said Chandra Clark, a member of the Central Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa. A loaned forklift also was useful.

WHAT DIDN’T: In addition to useful donations, the church received “old 8-track tapes, cassette tapes, tattered and dirty clothing and dilapidated furniture,” Clark said. “That just made more work for all of us.” Church members also got conflicting information from federal emergency workers, she said.
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