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Some UA students to help Moore rebuild during Spring Break

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TUSCALOOSA - AL -

    16 University of Alabama students will spend their upcoming Spring Break doing hard labor.  They're geared up to help storm stricken Moore, Oklahoma.

     Many still have in mind all of the helping hands that came to Tuscaloosa when this city was hit by an EF4-Tornado in 2011.  Moore, OK was hit last May.

     Right after the Moore disaster, U. A. students organized a gift card drive for the victims through the Community Service Center on the University of Alabama campus.

     The card drive was a success but still many students wanted to physically help families in Moore restore their lives.  A trip was scheduled over the Christmas holidays, but postponed until now. 

     "My freshman year, I saw the devastation that the Tornado caused and the community outreach that happened immediately afterwards. It was a really big impact on my life. I was able to go out and help as many people as I could after our Tornado...just being able to relate to Moore," says Senior Jacob Carloni

     "They've seen the community here transform and they know how beneficial the service and the labor helps so they -- so they can't not help other people," added Courtney Chapman-Thomas, Director of U.A's Community Service Center.

      While in Moore, the students will help the local Habitat for Humanity rebuild several homes.  They'll leave Tuscaloosa on Sunday and return March 28th.

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