City of Gautier to bring help & hope to tornado ravaged community

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - The city of Gautier is digging deep into its pockets to help one of the small tornado ravaged towns in our state, the Wren community in Monroe County. More than a dozen people died and neighborhoods were obliterated in last month's storms in the county.

From bikes to baby food, people in Gautier are packing up all these things to help many in the Wren community who have lost everything.

"If you had a grocery store that had been wiped out or vehicles blown away these things are very much appreciated," Ford said.

Gautier's Mayor Tommy Fortenberry said he's eager to get these cases of water and food and rebuilding tools to the folks in Wren. He said the city had to reach out and help after last month's twister tore up the small town of 3,000 people.

"There's 30 homes destroyed, and there was 90 plus homes that took substantial damage. Once again, we know what it is like in south Mississippi to wake and say where we go from here."

Fortenberry hopes these truck loads of donations will help put the residents of Wren on the path toward recovery.

"A lot of employees in Gautier have gotten together and raised money, and we have donations and stuff. This is the money that has been raised by people who have not had raises in three years, but yet they reached in their own pockets to help."

The city of Gautier has collected more than $5,000 in supplies for the tornado victims and officials said this is just the start. Gautier councilman Hurley Guillotte is also heading to Wren to help feed the folks. His southern meal will include shrimp, corn and potatoes.

"I think it is going to be real impressive, but best of all good eating," Guillotte said.

The Gautier group said this is just the first trip of many as they hope to continue on this mission of generosity. Councilman Guillotte said they're starting in Mississippi, but they have plans to bring similar help to the tornado damaged areas in Alabama in the future.

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