Jackson Co. funeral home lends support to OK tornado victims

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Among those in South Mississippi working to send help to people in Oklahoma are the employees of Heritage Funeral Home in Jackson County.

From cases of water to canned goods, relief supplies have been stacking up at Heritage Funeral Home in Escatawpa for the past two days. While it may be a bit surprising to hear of a funeral home leading relief efforts, the folks said they had to help after seeing how the tornado destroyed homes and lives.

"We experience hurricanes here, but we usually have a couple of days to prepare, they did not," Funeral Director Bruce Lynn Jr. said.

They also reflected on the support South Mississippians received after Hurricane Katrina.

"We have taken this very personal to helping people out regardless of what type of income they have. We believe everybody needs help," Funeral Home Manager Bubba Cunningham said.

Heritage employees contacted funeral homes in the tornado ravaged area, found out what supplies were needed, and began asking donations.

"We contacted businesses in the city and county, banks, restaurants, grocery stores, and other funeral homes," Lynn said.

"We have collected diapers, we have collected toilet paper, we have collected numerous items, food items," Cunningham said.

Along with relief supplies, the funeral home has collected $1,300 in donations from people all along the coast.

"Nowadays you don't see people giving so much because of the situation they are in, every penny, and every dollar," Funeral Director Joy Herndon said. "We don't really know every little thing that they need; there is really no way. Every family, every person is going to have a different need, so the monetary donations will help meet specific needs they may have."

The funeral team will head to Oklahoma Monday to drop off the supplies. It is a shipment sealed in love for those on a long road to recovery.

If you would like to donate supplies or money for the tornado victims, please call Heritage Funeral Home at (228) 475-9861. You have until Monday to donate.

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