By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Fair weather and the smell of frying fish brought more than 500 out Friday to support the Red Cross.
Temperatures hovered in the lower 70s as folks enjoyed catfish, hushpuppies and slaw served up by JBHM Architects. Tupelo residents Tom Faust and his wife, Donna, sat at one of several tables in a blocked-off section of Court Street downtown.
“We never hesitate to support this organization in the good work they do,” said Tom Faust, a Louisiana native who praised the Red Cross’ work after Hurricane Katrina.
This marked the fourth year JBHM had sponsored the fish fry as part of its HEROES campaign.
Last year the Northeast Mississippi Chapter of the Red Cross served more than 46,000 meals to disaster victims. In Lee County alone the organization responded to 56 house fires and provided families $54,241 in relief.
More than 200 Red Cross volunteers served victims of the deadly tornadoes in the spring.
The Red Cross also helps deliver urgent messages to armed services personnel wherever they are. Last year through its worldwide network the Northeast Mississippi Chapter provided 426 emergency connections, making military personnel from a 16-county area aware of births, deaths or illnesses in their families.