Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - Lisa Pierce will be living in a shack for five days to raise money and awareness to repair homes that have been affected by the outbreak of tornadoes last spring.
On Thursday, Pierce, director of the Alabama Rural Ministries, set up for a five-day and five-night fundraiser called No More Shacks.
“We are focusing on tornado recovery and relief,” Pierce said, “and that’s to repair and rebuild homes that were affected by the March 3rd tornadoes here in Lee County. And it’s for what we call chronic home repair, which is to make homes warm, safe and dry. And specifically for the family of Ms. Matthews.”
Ms. Matthews of Auburn, Alabama, is one of the many who will greatly benefit from the funds raised. Matthews is on a fixed income and needs help with repairs to her home that she shares with her two granddaughters.
ARM has been helping the community for 21 years. This is the 12th year of the fundraiser and Pierce’s 11th year participating in it. This year, ARM’s goal is to raise $125,000.
You can visit Pierce and her shack in front of the Auburn Wesley Foundation on Gay Street, or online at https://www.arm-al.org/nomoreshacks/.
Pierce has also set up an activity for kids to enjoy. With a donation of five dollars, kids will be given a new paintbrush and the opportunity to paint the shack.
Pierce was joined by Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and Smiths Station’s Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland on Thursday. Pierce is expecting the Mayor of Auburn to sit with her on Monday afternoon.
On Saturday, football teams from Auburn High School, Smiths Station High School and Central High School visited the shack. Additionally, several pastors from churches in the community have filtered in an out in support.
On Monday and Tuesday there will be two lunch workshops that will cover tornado response in the community. Monday’s workshop will be led by Professor Jennifer Smith and Tuesday’s workshop will be led by ARM.
For more information about Alabama Rural Ministries visit https://www.arm-al.org/.
You can donate at the site of the fundraiser or online at https://www.arm-al.org/nomoreshacks/. You can also text “Give” to 334-459-9366.