ASU takes tornado relief on the road, travels to Selma to help

Women wearing sparkly crowns, students in their black and old gold, politicians and school officials, all lined up in front of the Alabama State University bus before they dispersed to bring aid to Selma University after the devastating tornado that hit Jan. 12.

“Selma, Alabama, is near and dear to the heart of Alabama State University," said Malinda Swoope, the vice president of student affairs. About 150 ASU students are from the Selma area.

The ASU community stocked up on blankets, water, toiletries items and personal hygiene products to take to Selma University, where the students there will distribute items to those who need them.

“It is imperative as citizens that we make every effort to assist our neighbors in any way we can," state Rep. Penni McClammy said.

The group has already sent one 18-wheeler loaded with goods to Selma as well as a truck to Autauga County and supplies to Flatwood, a community close to Wetumpka that was hard hit by a tornado on Nov. 30.

McClammy said the group is “realizing that it can be you today and us tomorrow."

The team effort included Trenholm State Community College, Citizens that Care with Cubie Hayes, and Lanier High School.

Miss ASU Aleah Robinson and Student Government Association President Dylan Stallworth attended, as did ASU President Quinton Ross.

“It’s not just about what happens here on this campus," Ross said about the university. He later added, “We’re just excited that we have the opportunity to help those in need."

The group was in Selma from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Alex Gladden is the Montgomery Advertiser's public safety reporter. She can be reached at or 479-926-9570.

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