Local bank will collect cleaning supplies for tornado victims

Local bank will collect cleaning supplies for tornado victims

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - People across South Mississippi understand what it's like when your home is ravaged by a storm, and you're desperately trying to pick up the pieces.

Charter Bank wants to do its part to help tornado victims in Marion and Jones Counties. That bank just announced it's launching an initiative to collect household cleaning items. Those items will be delivered to the homeowners and the business owners who need help cleaning their properties. Those properties were damaged December 23 when a tornado touched down in the Pine Belt.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to initiate this campaign for one of our neighboring communities, said Greg Cronin, president and CEO of Charter Bank. “Even though we do not have a Charter Bank in Columbia, we know what it is like to be devastated by natural forces and this campaign allows us to help our neighbors and contribute to the ongoing recovery efforts taking place Columbia, MS.”

Household cleaning items are the most needed including bleach, towels, soap, rubber gloves, sponges, disinfectant, buckets, brooms, all purpose cleaners, trash bags and other materials and equipment that will aid in the clean up. Those supplies can be dropped off at Charter Bank locations in Pascagoula, Ocean Springs, Biloxi or Gulfport.

The collection drive will go through the end of next week.

WLOX and its Raycom Media partners in Hattiesburg, Jackson and Memphis is also helping out. This Thursday, we'll use our newscasts to tell stories from Columbia and Ellisville. You'll meet people impacted by the tornados. You'll hear about their struggles as they try to rebuild.

A phone bank will be set up, giving you a chance to donate to two Pine Belt organizations at the center of relief efforts. We'll share that phone number Thursday morning.

Join us January 8 and help us make a difference in the Pine Belt's recovery efforts.

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