South Mississippians show support for Red Cross for MS Telethon

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - WLOX's efforts to help tornado victims around Mississippi seems to be working. By noon, South Mississippians donated more than $36,000 to the Red Cross For Mississippi relief campaign.  And you still have a chance to contribute by calling 1-228-385-2676.

When South Mississippi suffered at the hands of Mother Nature, they was there for us. Now that tornadoes have ravaged Mississippi, it's our turn to help.

WLOX has partnered with the American Red Cross, 107.1 The Monkey, Bob 105.9, and WOSM Radio to host the Red Cross for Mississippi Telethon.  Will spend our newscasts reminding you of the devastation in Smithville, in Leakesville, and of the flooding on the Mississippi River.

If you'd prefer to make a donation online, visit

Since the deadly, destructive tornadoes ripped through our state twice last month, the American Red Cross in Mississippi has provided almost 43,000 meals and snacks, about 850 clean-up kits, 2,700 comfort kits, 50 emergency response vehicles, and 2,150 health and mental health contacts. That is why your donation is so important.

Just $10 will provide someone with a comfort kit and blanket. A $25 donation will feed a shelter resident breakfast, lunch and dinner. And $50 will cover the cost of all the supplies for an infant's stay in a shelter.

Mississippi is already bracing for its next disaster, as rivers are rising. They're expected to crest at record levels and impact 11 Mississippi counties. Some rivers are already out of their banks in Tunica and Desoto Counties.

Forecasters say the Mississippi River could break records in our state that were set during catastrophic floods in 1927 and 1937. The river is expected to crest at Memphis on Tuesday and further south the following days.

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