Love, prayers and support for the victims of the devastating tornado in Alabama

Our love, prayers and support go out to all of the families devastated by the deadly storms that swept through central Alabama last Thursday night.

The storm severely damaged Selma and cut a wide swath of destruction through downtown. Several people were seriously injured but no fatalities were reported.

A deadly tornado swept through Autauga County, killing seven people, including four family members. The names were released by the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday.

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The deaths occurred in Old Kingston along Autauga County 140 in the central part of the county. The victims range in age from 21 to 70 and include:

  • Robert Gardner Jr., 70, and Deanna Marie Corbin, 59, were killed on the 800 block of Sandy Ridge Road. Gardner and Corbin lived in the same residence.
  • Christopher Allen Corbin Jr., 46, and Tessa Celeste Desmet, 21, were killed at Block 1000 of Sandy Ridge Road. Corbin Jr. and Desmet lived in the same residence. They are related to Robert Gardner Jr. and Deanna Corbin of the 800 block.
  • Carmen Cox Autery, 59, was killed at Block 1000 of Sandy Ridge Road.
  • Andrea Sue Taylor, 61, was reported missing Thursday from the 800 block of County Road 140 and was found early Friday morning.
  • Solomon Smith, 50, was killed in the 900 block of County Road 140. Smith’s sister Stephanie Brown confirmed his death to on Friday and said their home, also at Autauga County 140, was destroyed. Brown said Smith’s stepson was injured and is being treated at UAB Hospital.

At least 12 people were injured badly enough to be taken to hospitals by emergency workers, Ernie Baggett, Autauga County EMA director, said Friday. The names and conditions of the injured were not released.

Read Mary Colurso’s entire report here

Keep bringing love and prayers. Everything is good. Here are other ways you can help:

Alabama Tornado Victims: Here’s How You Can Help –

how can you help

There are a number of ways to help victims of the Alabama tornado. Before you make a donation, read this guide from the Better Business Bureau on the best ways to donate safely after a disaster.

Black Belt Community Foundation

Black Belt Community Foundation raises funds to help storm victims. Here you can donate.

Central Alabama Community Foundation

The Central Alabama Community Foundation was established to provide assistance to those affected by the recent storms and tornadoes. Funds can be donated here.

Red Cross

Local Red Cross disaster relief workers are working with local officials to assess community needs in areas hardest hit by the tornadoes, including opening an emergency shelter in Selma. Those directly affected by the storms and in need of assistance should call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit

For free advice or 24/7 assistance, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

The Red Cross is asking for monetary donations to help with the recovery effort. Visit, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text RED CROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donate online at Individuals can also register voluntarily.

United Way from central Alabama

The United Way of Central Alabama, in partnership with the United Way of Selma in Dallas County, has set up a donation page for tornado victims. To donate to disaster relief efforts, visit Selma Tornado Relief – United Way of Central Alabama ( or text SELMA to 62644.


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