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Facebook helps push collection drive for MS tornado victims

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

A Facebook plea to help tornado victims drew an overwhelming response from South Mississippians. 

State Representative Casey Eure and half a dozen other volunteers left for Neshoba County on Wednesday. The group was loaded down with relief supplies thanks to the coast's generosity. 

It was the kind of deposit Community Bank employees and customers were eager to make. They donated water, toiletries and other items in an effort to get supplies into the hands of Mississippi tornado victims.

Eric Chambless of Community Bank said, "We really are here for the community. We've got some banks up north that have been damaged in our family of banks. We just want to do what we can to help them."

With drop-off locations in D'Iberville, Gulfport and Biloxi, Rep. Eure did a lot of running around, but he said many of the relief supplies he collected didn't require any travel.

"I've had about 15 different people just show up at my house," said Rep. Eure. "Several times I would come home and didn't receive a phone call, but there was stuff sitting in my driveway. So a lot of the stuff, I don't even know who gave it to me, but my address was on my Facebook page. So, obviously, they found my house."

Eure and other volunteers will spend at least three days traveling in Neshoba, Kemper and Monroe counties, and they'll do lot more than drop off relief supplies.

"We're going to be cutting trees up, dragging them to the road for the debris trucks to come pick them up, just whatever," said Rep. Eure. "We're going to bring skill saws. We're going to bring all sorts of tools. A couple of guys in the group are carpenters, so if people need help doing minor repairs to their home, we're there for that also."

The group expects the 14 to 15 hour work days will be tiresome yet gratifying.

Eure said, "We saw that first hand after Katrina when the volunteers showed up, it made the people feel better."

Another state representative, Scott Bounds of Neshoba County, is helping coordinate where volunteers will be working. 

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