SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - South Mississippians, for the most part, made it through Hurricane Sally with only minor damage. The storm that was initially expected to hit Mississippi head-on moved further and further east as it approached land, and eventually made landfall along the Alabama coast. And that brush with disaster has many South Mississippians now asking how they can help.
City of Pascagoula
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, the City of Pascagoula will collect donations at the Senior Center on Live Oak Avenue. Organizers hope to have enough donations for volunteers to begin deliveries this weekend. Below is a list of requested items. Note: Clothing will not be accepted.
GPE/St. Andrews Fire Dept.
The Gulf Park Estates/St. Andrews Fire Dept. is collecting donations for storm victims at Station 2, located at 2300 East Simmons Bayou, Ocean Springs, MS. They’re specifically looking for items like chainsaws, handsaws, work gloves, buckets and shovels that will help firefighters remove downed trees and rip drywall and flooring out of flooded homes. See the full list below. For more information, contact Captain Dallas Foreman at (228) 382-2006.
Lemon Mohler Agency
Donations of cleaning supplies, toiletries, nonperishable food items, bottled water and more can be dropped at the following office locations: 806 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs; 1964 Market St #5711, Pascagoula, MS; or 11240 US 49, Gulfport.
Comeback Coolers are asking for the following: Volunteers to pack coolers Friday, Sept. 18, at 5 p.m. at OS Lumber, decorated coolers, beer, oranges, small toys, Gold Bond powder.
Harrison County Sheriff’s Department
The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is collection donations to help law enforcement and residents in Alabama and Florida who were affected by Hurricane Sally. A team will head to that area to help repair homes, deliver supplies, and cook early next week. The following donations are being accepted: cleaning supplies, nonperishable food items, drinks, bottled water, etc. They can be dropped off at the Lorraine Road Work Center, located at 10046 Lorraine Road, Gulfport) through Friday. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation can contact Robin Weaver at 228-896-0606.
The Gulf Park Estates/St. Andrews Fire Department will be taking donations over the next few weeks at their two fire stations in Jackson County:
- Fire station #1 located at 1401 Elm St., Ocean Springs, MS.
- Fire station #2 located at 2300 E. Simmons Bayou Dr., Ocean Springs, MS.
NOTE: Most organizations are not collecting donations of clothing at this time*
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