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Help others and help yourself

A little boy in Joppa clings to his teddy bear as he stands at his former home A little boy in Joppa clings to his teddy bear as he stands at his former home
Many people are turning to faith as they work to rebuild Many people are turning to faith as they work to rebuild
Though many people lost everything, their spirit still is strong. Though many people lost everything, their spirit still is strong.

It is a beautiful Friday in the Tennessee Valley as many continue the cleanup process from last week's storms.

At the station, we are gearing up for our Volunteer-A-Thon for Saturday! This is a difficult time for some many of our neighbors and so many of you have already reached out to help in any way you can. But the need is still great. Lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need.

Join us May 7th between 6:30 and 10:30. We are asking you to call into our phone bank. Our operators will be standing by to take your pledge of time. Our goal is to accrue over 48 thousand hours of volunteer time. When you call, our operators will take your name, location and any special skills you might have. They will also need to know how much time you can donate. We will forward your information to our partner organizations that are coordinating volunteer efforts across the state. You don't have to wait until tomorrow, you can fill out a pledge form online.

About 300 Huntsville residents are still without power as of early this afternoon. Huntsville Utilities reports that the nature of those outages are small pockets of customers or buildings where transformers, downed lines and other damage exists.

Huntsville Utilities hopes to have all customer back online by the end of the day. You are still being asked to continue to conserve energy . Keep your thermostats between 78 and 80 degrees.

The Alabama Department of Human Resources has also launched a Program that will provide food assistance for storm victims in designated disaster areas. Those who already received assistance ,don't need to apply. They will be automatically given the additional assistance starting in May. Those not currently receiving assistance, can qualify based on their income, property damage and other disaster expenses. You must apply in your home counties and must have identification.

The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is now available in Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Lawrence and Marshall counties. Other areas will be added in coming weeks.

Weather scrubbed the launch of The Atlas V rocket today in Florida. Another launch attempt will be made tomorrow The next window is tomorrow from 1:10 to 1:50. The Atlas rocket was built at the ULA factory in Decatur. Tomorrow's launch, should it happen ,will mark the 50th launch since 2006.

Join us tonight at 5,6 and 10 as we continue to share the stories along Alabama's Road to Recovery. Tonight at 5, meet a family who sought refuge from the tornado in the family car and lived to tell about it.

Hear their incredible story of survival tonight on WAFF 48 News at 5 Have a great weekend and try to get out to The Whistlestop Festival this weekend. A portion of the proceeds will go towards tornado recovery.

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