Tuscaloosa, Alabama Tornado 2011
David Robertson grew up in Tuscaloosa, Ala. and played baseball for the University of Alabama. In the days following the tornado Robertson and many others had difficulty locating their family members. The devastation caused by the storm was apparent. The tornado killed 53 people, including six University of Alabama students. The resulting property damage totaled to $2.4 billion, making the tornado the costliest single tornado in United States history at the time. Robertson’s personal ties to the affected area served as motivation for creating High Socks for Hope. In the five years since the tornado, hundreds of families have benefitted from the help which includes over 200 homes partially or completely furnished by High Socks For Hope in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In addition to furnishing homes, HIgh Socks For Hope helped families in a multitude of ways which are too numerous to list. Photo Gallery
"I have been fortunate enough to be given a stage as a Major League Baseball player to help raise awareness for the victims of these disasters. My wife and I created High Socks for Hope to lend support to those suffering in the wake of natural disasters, especially after the immediate attention subsides." -David Robertson
Joe Long lost his home to a tornado in Aliceville, Alabama in February 2016. Judy Holland took this photo the day after the tornado.
UPDATE ON JOE LONG:
Joe Long moved into his new Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa home in August 2016 and is loving it! High Socks For Hope completely furnished the home for Mr. Long.
High Socks for Hope has helped disaster relief victims across the country by fully or partially furnishing their homes. When furnishing homes the organization tries to help replace furniture and basic household items that was lost or destroyed in the disaster. While the organization was locally founded, they have also extended their relief efforts to places outside the West Alabama area. Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, with a grant by Bain Capital, they furnished over 150 homes for families affected in the New York and New Jersey area. They also furnished around 25 homes in Shawnee, OK and Granbury, TX following a tornado in May 2013. In April 2015, a tornado struck Fairdale, Illinois and High Socks for Hope once again came to the rescue. Through a donation from the Chicago White Sox, they were able to furnish several homes for affected families and even helped build a home for one family. Currently, High Socks For Hope is raising funds to help the Sapps Community in Aliceville, Alabama which was struck by a tornado on February 2, 2016. Because the area was not officially declared a disaster, the Sapps community did not receive any federal assistance. Many of the 58 families who lost their homes were uninsured. To contribute to the relief efforts in Aliceville please donate below.
High Socks For Hope has been working in Louisiana since the flooding in August 2016. Over 125,000 families applied for FEMA assistance and the need there is staggering. MLB Players Trust awarded us a grant for $62,000.00 and we've been providing beds, kitchen boxes and bath boxes to families who were affected. We have more families on our list to help than the grant will cover and we would like to do so much more. This holiday season please consider helping a family with basic needs. You can donate with a credit card on the link below or send a check to:
High Socks For Hope
3617 McFarland Blvd
Northport, AL 35476
David and Annie Seay lost their home in Aliceville, Alabama to a tornado on February 2, 2016. High Socks For Hope is in the process of helping them rebuild their home with the help of donations of materials from local businesses. We started the home in October and will move them in on March 25, 2017. .
UPDATE ON THE SEAY FAMILY:
David and Annie Seay moved into their new home! Thank you to everyone who helped with this project...especially Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa!
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
― Charles Dickens
Bruce and Rosie Hughes lost their home in Aliceville, Alabama to a tornado on February 2, 2016. High Socks For Hope purchased them a trailer. We are working on the trailer, furnishing it and will move them in on March 25, 2017.
UPDATE ON THE HUGHES FAMILY:
With the help of a couple of very generous donors, High Socks For Hope purchased the Hughes family a used trailer in March 2017. We are working on the trailer and will move the family in soon. In March 2017, Mrs. Rosie Hughes passed away. Rosie knew about the trailer and was so happy that her family would have a place to live.