April 28, 2011 — The city of Tuscaloosa was devastated Wednesday by a massive tornado which roared through downtown and demolished one of the city’s busiest intersections.
The tornado’s fury rendered the intersection of McFarland Boulevard and 15th Street, home to a number of restaurants, retail outlets and two malls completely unrecognizable.
As of midnight Wednesday, Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox confirmed 15 had died as a result of the storm and most observers expect the death toll to rise.
In response to the devastation, Toomers for Tuscaloosa, a Facebook site dedicated to bringing Auburn fans together in financial and personal support for the citizens of Tuscaloosa was quickly formed.
Within hours, more than 8,000 Auburn fans had joined the cause.
The Never to Yield Foundation applauds the immediate response from the Auburn Family and pledges its full support to Toomers for Tuscaloosa.
We encourage Tiger fans and friends to join forces to assist Tuscaloosa — and all towns in the state of Alabama impacted by Wednesday’s deadly tornadoes — to recover.
Please do what you can to help.
When tragedy of this magnitude strikes, it is comforting to know that we can put rivalries aside and support our friends, neighbors, brothers and sisters.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were impacted by today’s storms.