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Univ. of Alabama students aid Okla. twister relief

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 19, 2014 at 9:31 am •  Published: March 19, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A group of University of Alabama students will spend spring break helping build new homes in Moore, Okla., a suburb of Oklahoma City struck by a devastating EF5 tornado in 2013.

About 16 students will make the trip for the 2014 Alternative Spring Break from Sunday to March 28. The students and leaders who will accompany them are from the Capstone Community Service Center, a university office which promotes volunteer work.

The trip is the outgrowth of the original response on campus by the Community Service Center and Alabama's Student Government Association to the May 2013 tornado, said Kimberly Montgomery, assistant director of the center. There were 24 deaths related to the system, according to National Weather Service Weather records.

Students at Alabama organized a gift card drive after the storm to help survivors.

Montgomery said students felt strongly about offering assistance following the aid and influx of volunteers that came to Tuscaloosa in the aftermath of the deadly April 2011 tornado killed dozens in the city and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.

Many of the Alabama upperclassmen who volunteered were freshman or sophomores and saw firsthand the recovery efforts by volunteers from outside the state.

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