Moss Point plans lock up to raise money for tornado victims

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - More than a dozen state and local leaders will be arrested tomorrow and brought to the Moss Point Police Department. No, they didn't commit any crime. Instead, they have volunteered to help those in Louisville, MS, who are still picking up the pieces after a destructive tornado.

When the super-sized tornado hit Louisville, it destroyed homes, lives and businesses. Since then, Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis said the city have been collecting money and supplies to help provide relief.

"This is not about one person. This is about this community coming together and paying it forward to another community in their time of need," Davis said.

Davis said a variety of relief items have been donated.

"We have collected a little over $3,000 in financial donations. We have collected water, toiletry items and some canned food items. We have also collected a few clothing items as well, but we want to do more," said Davis.

To raise more money, Davis said his team plans to pickup and lockup more than 20 state and local leaders in a makeshift cell on Monday, and folks will have to bail them out of jail.

"One of our aldermen, Chuck Redman, came up with the idea of a lockup. There will be several officials that will be locked including Sen. Michael Watson, and Rep. Charles Busby. They are going to need your help to bail them out of jail until they can raise those funds necessary to get them out. Our goal is $10,000," said Davis.

Davis is confident the community will do its part to help the disaster victims as they continue to pick up the pieces and rebuild.

"Every dollar counts," said Davis.

The lockup fundraiser will be held on Monday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Moss Point Police Department. Davis said water, nonperishable food items and clothing will also be collected.

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