STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - More than 400 miles separate Georgia Southern University from Tuscaloosa, Ala. But sorority sisters Megan Fussell and Hayden Harrison felt the impact of Alabama's tornadoes two weeks ago.
"My best friend from childhood, his apartment complex was completely wiped out and seeing the pictures on Facebook hit home with me," said Megan Fussell of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
"I spent a lot of my summers in Tuscaloosa, going to ballet camp at the university. That was my favorite place until I came to Statesboro," said Hayden Harrison of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
The two designed a T-shirt and took advance orders on Facebook.
Harrison said they have received orders from all over, including someone in Alaska who said they were going to be an Eagle and order a T-shirt.
"Most people don't know anybody in Tuscaloosa but 1,400 people responded and gave money," Fussell said.
They used the trademarked Southern Tide name with permission and a donation from that famous company. So far they have raised more than $9,000.
"Megan and I are going mid-June to Tuscaloosa and make sure it gets to the American Red Cross," Harrison said.
The effort all comes just a few months before Georgia Southern travels there to play the Tide for the first time in football.
The T-shirts will arrive in Statesboro on Wednesday then be distributed.