Chloe Atkins4h ago / 7:35 PM UTCWhen the coronavirus hit Alabama, Amanda Reyes noticed that many of the state’s low-income residents were struggling to buy essential items, from toilet paper to soap and detergent. Reyes, executive director of the Yellowhammer Fund, an Alabama-based nonprofit that offers funding and support for women who have abortions, said the fund’s staff members heard from women who were economically affected by the pandemic and couldn’t afford necessities. “It’s wild that these people haven’t been able to get any of the basic things that they need to respond to this crisis,” Reyes said. Reyes said she wanted to find a way to support these women, so she teamed up with another local organization, The Knights and Orchids Society, an LGBTQ support group that was also getting requests from people who were struggling financially, to buy and give away supplies. They’ve dropped off supplies, including bleach and hand sanitizer, with more than 400 families in Selma so far. The fund is also working with Left Hand Soap Co. in Tuscaloosa to make enough soap and hand sanitizer to keep up with demand.The coronavirus pandemic also prompted the Yellowhammer Fund to begin offering free emergency contraception, commonly known as the morning-after pill,

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