Local community centers help those affected by tornado

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - As a result of people losing almost everything, local community centers across Meridian are doing what they can to help those affected by the tornado. The Wesley House and the American Red Cross are just a couple.

Saturday's EF-2 tornado left damage all across the Queen City leaving many people in the community in need of help.

"Those who have lost their personal items, clothes specifically. We are here to help with those items," says Wesley House Executive Director, David Schultz.

Several local community centers and shelters were taking in people affected by the tornado. The Wesley House is not normally open on Sundays, but Schultz says they felt it was necessary in order to help out as much as possible. The Wesley House handed out food bags and provided clothing for those who lost so much.

"In our case, it's part of the mission. In Matthew 25, "to clothe the naked and to feed the hungry." That is a part of our mission here at the Wesley House," Schultz explains.

Schultz is just concerned about the future plans for those who need a place to stay.

"I think in some of these natural disasters, we see individuals that have gone to relatives or have gone to friends’ houses. In the long term, what is it going to take to get folks back into housing, back with furniture, back with a full set of clothes and back in their jobs so that they can get food and things they need in their life?" says Schultz

The American Red Cross was also helping people in need. It set up a shelter at Central United Methodist Church Saturday night and into Sunday for those who needed a place to stay. It provided First Aid kits, cots, food and many other necessities people needed.

The Wesley house is currently in need of non-perishable food items such as canned food and macaroni and cheese. You can take donations to the Wesley House.