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The Roll Bama Roll/Well That's Cool Sunshine Express

Does anyone know where we can rent this truck in Los Angeles?

Roll Bama Roll is teaming up with the folks over at Well That's Cool to bring truckload of donations from the West Coast to Tuscaloosa for the tornado relief efforts. Sometime Thursday we're going to load a truck in Los Angeles and start heading east on Interstate 10 and then Interstate 20 picking up items as we go.

We are working in coordination with the good folks at Toomers for Tuscaloosa to arrange the logistics but the backbone of our donation push is being handled by the University of Alabama alumni groups in Southern California, Arizona, North Texas and North Louisiana.

The emphasis of this drive are items that will be needed next week in the storm zone and that sending through the mail isn't really practical. That list includes the following:

  • Tarps/Tents
  • Cots/Air Mattresses
  • Charcoal
  • Cookers (BBQ grills, hibachis)
  • Hammers
  • Adult diapers
  • Pedialight

That said, the goal is to fill this truck. So we will take whatever you have to do that. But if we get too much we are going to off-load items that can be mailed and prioritize the above list. 

There is a constant demand for consumable items such as toilet paper, feminine hygene products and the kind of stuff you use daily and never think about like, say, paper towels. Foodwise non-perishables like granola bars, canned goods and gatoraid are not a bad idea as well. If someone goes and gets a case of bottled water for us to throw in the back of this beast, we're not going to object.

Now we plan to make a stop for anyone along the way that can collect a decent amount of stuff but the confirmed drop off points are as follows:

California area: Butterfield Square Shopping Center, 28690 Old Town Front Street, Temecula, California. ONE DAY ONLY Wednesday, May 4, 10 a.m. till whenever.

Phoenix, Arizona area: Fastenal, 250 S. Mulberry, Mesa AZ. This will be until Friday, May 6 at 5 p.m.

Dallas area: Lakeside Church of Christ, 1500 Breckinridge Road, Mansfield, Texas. This through Friday. On the weekend the dropoff will be Prescott Realty, 6060 N. Central Expressway, Dallas.

North Louisiana area: Ruston Parks & Recreation Complex, 605 James Street, Ruston, La. Until Monday.

As you might expect, we'll be tweeting and blogging about our progress but this post will be updated as more specific information about the itinerary get's nailed down.

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