Disaster Relief Efforts Continue in Jackson

By: Ashley Conroy Email
By: Ashley Conroy Email

The Hinds County Sheriff's Department is coordinating with the Mississippi State Fairgrounds to get as much disaster relief to the tornado victims as possible.

They parked an 18-wheeler truck in the middle of the grounds all day Tuesday where at least four smaller truck loads took off to disaster areas, dropping off piles of clothes, and cases of water.

"So we've been off loading this truck and literally taking supplies to be distributed daily almost every eight hours," said Deputy Chief Steve Pickett.

Disaster relief donor, Tracy Mulholland of Madison, said after watching the devastation to the hard hit areas, she couldn't help but try to help out.

"It just looks devastating from everything we've seen on the television," said Mulholland.

Another donor, Lee Camper of Jackson, said he hopes to donate as much as he can.

"A lot of us at home have things, actually good things, that we aren't really using, and they could be used," Camper said.

One woman, Casey Whitfield-Humer, and her husband, have resources with Back Yard Burger and Applebee's where they are donating food vouchers to storm victims.

"They also have Yazoo relief on them, so if the amount is more than 25 dollars they can have an extra discount," Whitfield-Humer said.

Meanwhile, the Kroger Delta Division decided to donate over 8 thousand gallons of water to the Mississippi Food Network.

"We're working with Salvation Army and the American Red Cross; they're both our member agencies. They will be taking up water and taking it to the much needed area," said director of development Marilyn Blackledge.

The Hinds County Sheriff's Department says it will set up every day at the fairgrounds, starting at 9 a.m. until about 7 p.m. at least until Friday.

The Salvation Army says people wanting to donate money may call 1-800- SAL-ARMY or go to its web site. A link is provided below.

Also, the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service has set up an initiative for those wanting to offer assistance. People may call 1-888-353-1793, or click the link below.

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