Biloxi firefighters collecting for Smithville tornado victims

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Biloxi firefighters need your help to get Mississippi tornado victims back on their feet. Firefighters are collecting items for tornado victims in Smithville.

The city is asking residents and businesses to drop off their donations at any of Biloxi's nine fire stations. Biloxi officials said Smithville city leaders have asked for specific items people need as they try to get back into homes.

Michelle Crowley of the Biloxi Fire Department said, "Everything has changed for those people up there and we really need to help them out. We know how we felt during Hurricane Katrina and how devastated we were and the smallest things we didn't even realize that we needed. So we want to make it easy and simple for them and they're in the process of rebuilding. They've already started."

Firefighters are asking for:

* Fans

* Tools

* Gatorade

* Soft drinks

* Small kitchen appliances

* Lamps

* Irons/ironing boards

-- Pots and pans/cookware

No other items will be accepted, and items must be dropped off at any Biloxi fire station by June 1st.

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