Monthly Archives: May 2011

Remembering a Life

It’s hard to believe that it has already been a month since the devastating tornadoes of April 27, 2011.  I remember walking out of my door after we were impacted by the early morning tornado and seeing great loss just in our neighborhood, knowing something worse was coming, and it did. On this day, many lost their homes and even their lives.  There was one particular story that really touched my heart when I heard it.  It wasn’t until two weeks later in an email sent by a friend of hers, I learned the story was about one of our sweet customers, Carrie Grier Lowe.

On April 27, Carrie and her family, husband Josh and 7-week-old baby Tucker, decided to seek shelter at her brother’s home in Pleasant Grove, Alabama.  It was there in the basement storm shelter with her family that Carrie spent the last moments of her life.  The tornado came through, destroying the entire house, severely injuring them and taking Carrie’s life.  Carrie’s husband, Josh, and Tucker were trapped for a while, but escaped with bruises and scratches and Josh, a broken hand.  Her brother and his family had more severe injuries.  In Carrie’s friend’s words “Carrie died a Hero”.  She laid on top of her 10-month-old nephew, saving his life.

To hear more about the Lowe family’s story, you can go to this news story link:

If you would like to do something to help this family, an account has been set up at Regions Bank in Tucker Lowe’s name.  Donations made to the account will go towards the care and education of baby Tucker.  If you would like to donate, you can go to your nearest Regions Bank and tell them you would like to donate to the “Tucker Lowe” account.  Donations are tax deductible.

Also, some of Carrie’s friends and family have organized  The Carrie Grier Lowe Memorial Softball Tournament, scheduled for June 25, 2011.  They are currently taking donations for the event and team registrations.  You can see the gifts-in-kind they are requesting on their Facebook page.  For more information about the softball tournament, visit the Facebook page

Also, please pray for the Lowe and Grier families as they are experiencing great loss and heartbreak.  I can’t imagine what they are going through right now and I am hoping that our prayers and financial gifts can help them through this difficult time.

Recently, a local news station did an update to check in on Josh and baby Tucker. Here’s their story:

Thank you in advance for what you are going to do for this family.

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Tornado Relief T-Shirt UPDATE

*Update: We are scheduled to pick up the t-shirts sometime around noon TODAY, 5/18/11 and will begin shipping IMMEDIATELY!

What a week it has been… I just wanted to give a quick update on the Alabama Tornado Relief T-Shirts.  We had expected to ship them last Friday/Saturday, but due to some unfortunate circumstances with the power company having to do work on the lines and their machines going down, the screen printer was delayed by several days.  We finally received them early this week, but despite their best attempts, they were unable to get the designs to look like the images we submitted.  The colors were flip-flopped on one of the shirts and the images were much brighter than our original designs.  Yes, I have had a frustrating week as we always do our best to ensure you receive the exact products you order, no matter if it is for a normal purchase or a fundraiser, as it is in this case.  Here’s the picture of what we have. (don’t worry… the solution is below)

The shirts don’t look bad at all on their own, but they are not what the hundreds of people ordered, so that is why we have made the decision to get new ones made and sell these shirts as a different version (as they clearly are a different version).  We tossed the idea back and forth- do we send the shirts out as is?  do we mail the shirts out with a letter stating why they are different colors?  No- we decided to do what we felt was right and what I truly felt was a good reflection of HollyDays.  Despite the additional wait time, we had to make the tough decision to wait on these new shirts and we will mail them to you as soon as we receive them.  The new batch of shirts should be ready on May 17 or 18 (Tues/Wed) and we will ship immediately.  In the meantime, if you like one of these shirts and you have already ordered, just let us know and we will ship one to you right away (the turquoise blue is available in limited sizes- we stopped the process before they finished them)!  If you are ok waiting, there is no need to contact us and we will ship next week as soon as we receive them!  The new pink ones are available online here and the turquoise blue will be available later today.

Thank you so much for your patience with us as we work through this as we are all trying to do a good thing to raise money for the American Red Cross as they assist those in need after the tornadoes of April, 27, 2011.

Thank you so much for your tremendous support!

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Tornado Relief

*Update 5/3/11: UPDATE:  If you would like to order the AL Tornado Relief T-Shirts, please order online here:

*Update: Due to the overwhelmingly great response, we are going to be using the Hanes 100% Preshrunk Cotton Beefy-T brand shirts  Youth Sizes: XS(2-4), S(6-8), M(10-12), L(14-16), XL(18-20) and adult sizes S, M, L, XL — please contact us if you need a smaller child’s size or onesie, we are offering those based on availability.  Thank you for your wonderful support!

What very sad week it has been for thousands of people here in Alabama.  Our hearts are broken for the hundreds who have lost their lives and the thousands who are without a home.  Below, we will tell our story of the storm, but first we wanted to share our heart with you.  We have seen such destruction and heard heartbreaking stories.  We want to do something to help raise money for these families in need.  We have created our own t-shirt design and 100% of the profits will go to the American Red Cross (Alabama).  The t-shirts are white and they are only $15 (shipping $5 for your entire order).  You can email us at to place your order.  Shirts are available in 12m, 18m, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and women’s sizes S, M, L, XL.  You can click on the below images to see an enlarged version of the designs.

The designs for the shirts were inspired by the sermon our preacher gave this morning at our church.  We’ve been having a series all year on God’s grace.  Although it is a difficult time for those hurting right now to comprehend why this would happen to them, hopefully they will experience true grace over the coming days and weeks as we reach out to those in need, our neighbors.

Now here’s our story:

Early Wednesday, April 27, an EF-2 Tornado ripped through our community.  We started the day at 5:15 am with tornado sirens, turned on the tv to hear a storm was heading our way.  Around 6:00 am, the winds really picked up and my husband opened the front door to see what was going on as I was downstairs.  The door slammed on its own, then I heard him open it again and quickly close it.  As he opened it again, he saw the wind blowing trees harder than he has ever seen in his life.  I heard him running down the stairs.  Winds exceeding 100 mph came through as we were downstairs huddled in our office closet.  It lasted only seconds.  Then, it was over and we walked upstairs.  The rest was a blur as we went outside to examine the damage.  The next thing I remember was walking in the streets just seeing damage, trees, powerlines everywhere.  My heart was broken for our neighborhood.  We were blessed and only received minor damage to our side guest house/storage building, back fence and a few trees and our power was restored after 110 hours.  Here are some pictures from our neighborhood.

Yet, even with the mixed emotions of sadness for those who experienced great damage and relief that it was over, we still felt very nervous about what we knew would be the worst storm coming sometime after lunch.  We set up a generator and hooked up our television so we could stay informed of the oncoming storm.  In the late afternoon, the winds picked up and the sky darkened.  A tornado was coming.  We heard on the news that it was going to miss us this time.  It was a big one – a mile wide.  After it tore through the heart of our state, we now are hearing that 250 people lost their lives and 370 people are still missing in Tuscaloosa.

If you would like to make a direct donation for disaster relief in Alabama, you can mail a check to :

American Red Cross – Neighbors in Need
300 Chase Park South
Hoover Alabama 35244

or donate online:

Thank you in advance for what you are going to do to help your neighbors in need today!

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