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Charlie Sheen Uses Twitter to Help Alabama Tornado Relief Effort

Plans to ask his millions of Twitter followers to donate to charity

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Twitter phenomenon, fired television actor and tiger blood carrier Charlie Sheen may be using his recently acquired super-celebrity for a good cause.

Last night he tweeted that he was on his way to Alabama on a “recon mission.”

Alabama; Heading your way. On a recon mission. My Cadre right behind me. You need help. I’m bringing it. DogSpeed. c 19 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

As you probably know, Alabama was hit particularly hard by a strong storm system that moved its way through the southeast last week. Videos of the massive tornadoes became viral sensations as they depict the absolutely terrifying extent of the damage mother nature can inflict. The tornadoes killed hundreds of people and left a trail of devastation unlike many other storms to ever hit the U.S. Here’s one such video of a giant tornado ripping through trees in Tuscaloosa:

4-27-11 Tornado Tuscaloosa, Al from Crimson Tide Productions on Vimeo.

A few hours ago Sheen tweeted that he had arrived in Tuscaloosa, and that more is forthcoming on how to help the cause.

I’m in Tuscaloosa. it’s beyond words. Info coming soon on how you can all help. c http://t.co/yKlNSCQ 4 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

He tweeted this pic of the devastation:

The New York Post confirms that the actor is indeed in Alabama and is pledging to help raise money for the recovery efforts. Today he has already met with aid center volunteers, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and FEMA workers. Sheen said that he was hopeful that he could do something to “provide some compassion,” as quoted in the Post.

Charlie Sheen became a sort of national pop culture phenomenon shortly after he was fired from his hit CBS show Two and a Half Men. He was fired amidst drug and alcohol problems for which he eventually entered rehab. After a string of bizarre interviews and videos where he coined some catchphrases like “winning” and “tiger blood,” he launched on Twitter and was soon the Guinness World Record holder for fastest to reach 1 million followers.

He also threw in his two cents about Osama Bin Laden’s death, joining the ranks of celebrities who tweeted about the breaking news.

Dead or Alive. WE PREFER DEAD! Well done SEAL team!
AMERICA: #WINNING
that’s how we roll….
c 8 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

If he can use his amazing Twitter popularity, whether unwarranted or not, to raise money for devastated communities in the south, he might actually be able to legitimately call himself an “unemployed winner.”

Charlie Sheen Uses Twitter to Help Alabama Tornado Relief Effort
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  • linda

    way to go charlie sheen. your the only celebrity so far that has visited Alabama since the tornadoes. I am from alabama also. The little town of hackleburg Alabama, was completely destroyed and badly in need of help also. Thank you for careing.

  • http://wiredcause.com WiredCause

    It’s amazing how the combination of Twitter with a celebrity can create a positive buzz and raise awareness, like in this case with Sheen. However, some of the tweets were a bit weird. But it’s the thoughts that counts so good on him.

  • http://www.Cullmanchristian.org Tina

    Cullman Christian School, a K-12 community nonprofit school in Cullman, AL was destroyed by tornado. We are in need for funds to purchase modular classrooms to continue school in August. Please help. Tax- deductible donations can be made online securely via http://championevents.donordrive.com/event/ccs/

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