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Meaningful Impact: How to donate to disaster relief efforts

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Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has activated the Mississippi Disaster Recovery Fund (http://www.mississippirelief.com) to collect financial donations.

Individuals wishing to make donations of goods may contact the American Red Cross (http://mississippi-redcross.org/), the Salvation Army (http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/), and local churches and faith-based organizations. As emergency management officials and voluntary organizations assess affected areas, there will be more specific information regarding items needed.

The United Ways of the Gulf Coast have activated the United Way Gulf Coast Disaster Fund. Visit www.unitedwaygulfcoast.org to find out how you can make a financial donation to the fund, donate goods large or small, or volunteer time.

Catholic Charities, Inc. is currently partnering with Wal-Mart to provide assistance to Isaac survivors and evacuees. Those interested can access a "Wish List" (http://www.unitedwaygulfcoast.org/) on the online registry system and at stores across the country. Persons may purchase items through the online registry or by visiting any Wal-Mart location. Donated items will be delivered to affected families by Catholic Charities, Inc. personnel.

If you are a company or an organization and would like to contribute large volume donations, please visit the National Donations Management Network: Mississippi (http://www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/fema/states.aspx?ST=Mississippi). Large volume donations are generally classified as goods in quantities to fill an 18-wheeler truck.

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