Neshoba County Extends Helping Hand

The devastation of last Friday's storms in parts of the Midwest may remind many of the damage caused in Mississippi and Alabama in April 2011.

Concerned residents from Neshoba County have decided to help those who are in need, just as they helped us almost a year ago.

The "House on a Truck" project was conceived to meet the demand many people will soon face, rebuilding their homes.

Cash donations may be made at any branch of The Citizens Bank. Lowe's and Yates Building Supply in Philadelphia have accounts open where you may make a donation for building supplies.

"They need cash donations or gift cards," said Frank Dungan, private sector emergency planner. "You know, a person could buy a Lowe's gift card and bring it to us. Some people might walk into Lowe's and say, 'I specifically want to know what the cost of two ceiling fans is, and I'm willing to write a check for that amount'."

Your donation will even be picked up for you from Lowe's or Yates.

"The driver should pull up to Lowe's and Lowe's should have what has been purchased palletized and stacked, and they'll just tie it on their tow motor. Then we'll go to Yates Supply and whatever has been donated there we'll put it on the truck. So, there's not really any reason for you to go buy 2 by 4's and bring them to us. You simply go to Lowe's and let them do the heavy work."

Dungan doesn't want this project to be just something for the residents of Neshoba County, but anyone who wants to help.

"This is not just a Neshoba County effort," said Dungan. "We want every county to be involved. We want you to come see us or give from over there or however you want to do it. But if you want to do this in your county, we'll help you with that as well."

Last weekend's tornado outbreak was one of the biggest in U.S. history. Fifty tornadoes have been confirmed so far in 12 different states, including both Mississippi and Alabama. Thirty-nine fatalities have been confirmed, the most of those in Kentucky.

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