UPDATE: Organizations lead tornado relief effort

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5 p.m. update

Here’s a round up of ways to help those affected by Monday’s severe weather.

Lee County has organized a food and water collection site at 1031 S. Green Street. People can donate nonperishable food, water, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items. Please do not drop clothing at this site.

Salvation Army is accepting clothing at its Daybrite Drive thrift store. Donations of water, sports drinks, individual snack items can be dropped off at its Carnation Drive center. Monetary donations can be made through salvationarmy.org.

CREATE Foundation has established a disaster relief fund. The money will be distributed through local emergency relief agencies like the United Way of Northeast Mississippi that can help identify the areas of greatest need. CREATE is matching the first $25,000 in donations; Renasant Bank and BancorpSouth have each committed $10,000. Donations can be made online at createfoundation.com, by phone at (662) 844-8989.

United Way of Northeast Mississippi is taking names and information for volunteers who are willing to assist in the areas affected by the tornado. They will send volunteers into affected areas in Tupelo and the Auburn community as soon as public safety officials deem it safe.

The Northeast Mississippi chapter of the American Red Cross is operating a shelter at the BancorpSouth Arena. Donations can be made at redcross.org or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Storm debris should be separated from household garbage. Waste Management is resuming household trash pick up in storm-affected areas as soon as conditions allow. Other service providers will be picking up storm debris such as furniture, roofing materials, appliances and tree limbs.

1 p.m. update

Lee County has organized a food and water collection site at 1031 S. Green Street. People can donate nonperishable food, water, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items. Please do not drop clothing at this site.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store on Daybrite Drive is accepting clothing.

The United Way of Northeast Mississippi is taking names and information for volunteers who are willing to assist in the areas affected by the tornado. They will send volunteers into affected areas in Tupelo and Auburn community as soon as public safety officials allow.

Online donations are now enabled on the createfoundation.com website. It is listed as the disaster relief fund. The money will be distributed through local emergency relief agencies like the United Way of Northeast Mississippi that can help identify the areas of greatest need.

The CREATE Foundation has established a tornado relief fund and will match donations up to $25,000.

The Tupelo-based philanthropic organization will soon be able to accept donations through its website, createfoundation.com. Currently it can accept donations by phone (662) 844-8989 or mail P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS 38802.

The CREATE Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for people in 16 Northeast Mississippi counties. It focuses on building community leadership and development. It owns the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Emergency relief organizations were meeting Tuesday morning to coordinate volunteer efforts to those affected by tornados across Tupelo and Lee County.

The United Way said that city and emergency management officials are asking people who want to volunteer to be patient. They say it’s not yet safe to have large-scale volunteer efforts in affected areas.

The United Way is taking names and contact information of those who wish to volunteer once it is deemed safe to do so.

Here’s a brief rundown of local agencies and how to contact them. Check back for updates.

Lee County Emergency Management – (662) 432-2950

• Currently working with Red Cross and United Way to develop plans for organizing donations and volunteers.

Red Cross-Northeast Mississippi chapterRedCross.org, (662) 842-6101

• Overnight, the Red Cross assisted 200 people at its emergency shelter at the BancorpSouth Arena according to its Facebook posts.

Salvation Army-Tupelo(662) 680-2769, salvationarmy.org

• Donations of water, sports drinks and individual snacks can be dropped off at its Carnation Street headquarters.

United Way of Greater Northeast Mississippi – (662) 841-9133, unitedwaynems.org

• The United Way is in the process of setting up a call center to connect volunteers with those who need help.

Organizations helping with tornado relief can send information to michaela.morris@journalinc.com, or tweet her at @michgibmo

Churches providing food

Area churches are feeding victims and workers today.

St. Luke United Methodist is having a dinner for the Joyner area in the church’s gym at 6 p.m.

Free Will Baptist Church will also have a meal tonight at 6:30 for those affected by the tornado as well as responders of any kind working to clean up damages. Church members will supply the food pot-luck style.

Auburn Baptist Church is also serving as a resource center for workers and tornado victims.

West Jackson Street Baptist Church has opened its clothes and food pantry to anyone who needs it.

Compiled by Michaela Gibson Morris – Email additions to michaela.morris@journalinc.com