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Camp Alabama Storm provides refuge for children impacted on April 27th

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Close to 30 children impacted by the April tornadoes across Alabama participated in Camp Alabama Storm at Camp McDowell near Jasper this weekend. Experts in grief and trauma issues planned and staffed the camp for children ages 8-12.

From music and arts and crafts to storytelling, children were able to enjoy a fun weekend while healing.

"It's a gift that I can give somebody, and we all can do that" said Birmingham resident and organizer Judy Ault. "It doesn't have to cost you a dime, but it will cost you a little bit of time."

Ault helped create Camp Newsong, a grief camp at Brookwood Medical Center 15 years ago. After her son, a University of Alabama student, survived the Tuscaloosa tornado, Ault witnessed others picking up the pieces and knew a camp similar to Camp Newsong could help survivors. Through her network of counselors, Camp Alabama Storm was born.

Volunteers raised more than $17,000 to cover expenses, which includes transportation to and from the camp.

The camp is a partnership with Camp McDowell, the Alabama Episcopal community, Alabama Department of Mental Health, Amelia Center, Birmingham Jewish Foundation, Children's Hospital of Alabama, Christian Service Mission, Community Grief Support Service, Hands on Birmingham, Project Rebound, St. Mary's on the Highlands Episcopal Church, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, and the UAB Health System.