May 7, 2011 4:08 PM by Andy Koen

Alabama mom uses Facebook to help families after tornadoes

A Facebook page created by an Alabama woman is helping tornado victims in the South to recover their personal photographs and other items. Patty Bullion lives in the town of Lester near the Tennessee border.

The tornadoes missed her home but in the hours following the storm she said, "it was raining pictures, raining pieces of books."

In a YouTube video posted by the social networking site, Bullion describes how she came across an ultrasound photograph that broke her heart and motivated her to do something to help.

"I was just sitting there thinking, this mother doesn't have this and I know it's really messed up but if that's all they had left I am sure that they would want this back."

Bullion says her daughter suggested putting the pictures on Facebook and that evening she created the page titled "Pictures and Documents found after the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes."

Hoping to get maybe 100 followers and a slim chance of reconnecting families with their personal belongings, Bullion says the response was immediate with nearly 1,000 likes generated in just a couple of hours.

To date, that page has nearly 100,000 followers and more than 3,000 pictures have been uploaded.

"Pictures are memories that you can't get back," Bullion said. "You can rebuild your home, you can buy another car, but these are moments in time.

Click here to visit the Facebook page and click here to view the youtube video.


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