SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - South Mississippians are rallying to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. There are several sites on the coast where donations are being accepted to take to those in need. No locations are accepting used clothing donations at this time.
At Island View Casino, a group is offering cooking skills, time, and food to help flood victims in Houston, TX. Brad Orrison, an owner of The Shed Barbeque and Blues Joint, is one of the organizers involved with Operation BBQ.
The goal of the operation is to get 100,000 meals together to send to Texas.
The group is also taking up donations to help out. You can drop off canned food, cleaning supplies, diapers, and personal hygiene product donations at Island View until 7 p.m. Monday and then from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every following day until all relief trucks are filled. Canned food donations can also be dropped off at The Shed. **UPDATE: The two tractor trailer containers at Island View Casino are now filled, but they still need three essential items: large aluminum pans and lids, pre-packaged plastic cutlery, and closable Styrofoam food containers for delivery.**
Donations are also being accepted at Borguezan Granite on E. North St. in Pass Christian, Compton and Son Appliance on Pass Rd. in Gulfport, and J. Carter & Co. Real Estate and Development in Gulfport. Cheeky Monkey Cake Company will be taking donations Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hoods Discount Home Center in Gulfport is also accepting the supplies mentioned above in addition to paper products, pet food and supplies, batteries and flashlights, medicine and first aid supplies, and gift cards to major stores.
The Gulfport Police Department is also accepting prepaid gift cards, and other supplies can be dropped off at Gulfport City Hall or the fire station right next to city hall.
Supplies can also be dropped off in the front lobby of Pearl River Central High School until noon Thursday.
In Pascagoula, donations can be dropped off at the Pascagoula Police Department, Pascagoula Service Center, any Pascagoula Fire Department, Singing River Hospital, and Ocean Springs Hospital. Center Pointe Church in Ocean Springs is also accepting donations.
The Biloxi Fire Museum is planning a week-long trip to provide assistance in Texas. The exact location has not been determined, but the museum is looking for donations to sponsor the trip through a GoFundMe account.
The Bay St. Louis Fire Department is accepting donations at its fire stations on Main St. and Hwy. 603.
In George County, donations can be dropped off at the sheriff's department in the courthouse on Cox St.
In Long Beach, donations can be dropped off at the police department on Alexander Rd. or at the fire departments on Klondyke Rd., East Second St., or Johnson Rd. Donations are also being accepted in the admission parlor on the first floor of the Hardy Hall building on USM's Gulf Park Campus.
The Mississippi chapter of the American Red Cross is offering a more hands-on way to help out in Texas. If you want to volunteer, there will be training sessions Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Red Cross office on Pass Rd. in Gulfport.
You can also make a monetary donation to the American Red Cross by texting "Harvey" to 90999.