The Alabama Tornadoes April 2011: How You Can Help.

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Amy Ledford stands by the remains of her house, April 27, 2011, near Athens, Ala. Gary Cosby Jr./The Decatur Daily/AP Photo.

Thursday, April 27, 2011.  Yesterday's devastating storms in Alabama have killed nearly 200 people, flattened neighborhoods and left thousands trapped or injured. Running parallel to that story is the Royal Wedding of Kate and William.   

Show Me Chicago has been trying to put things into perspective while conducting an unofficial survey of news coverage of both events.  We are hearing a lot of media coverage that goes something like this "our prayers and best wishes are with the people of Alabama and now back to the wedding"--it made us wonder which story is more important to the general population. 

The Royal Wedding or the Alabama Tragedy?

We are publishing similar length stories on both topics in order to take a small sampling of ChicagoNow readers to see which story gets the most hits on ChicagoNow.  On Saturday, we will publish the results. Please continuing reading to see how you can help.

How to Donate to Tornado Relief Effort.

American Red Cross: The Red Cross is providing relief to people across the hardest-hit states, providing shelter, and relief to survivors. To make a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief, visit its online donation page. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is responding to the deadly tornado activity throughout the South, mobilizing feeding units and providing support to the victims. To donate to the Salvation Army's tornado disaster response, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, click on their donation page and designate "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak."  Or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and donors can text "GIVE" to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Checks can be made out to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, Ga., 30384-0339.

Feeding America: Feeding America helps food banks provide food to communities affected by the recent tornadoes. To make a donation go to Feeding America.

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