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Tupelo woman helps Red Cross relief effort
In a time when the weather played havoc across the nation, one Lee County resident has gone to aid of those who needed relief from flooding.
Ruth Christy, a Red Cross volunteer from Tupelo, returned home Feb. 5 from Harrisburg, Pa., where she has been assisting Red Cross disaster relief. About 21,000 familes were affected in flood in the Mid-Atlantic and New England region.
“I was up there for two weeks, and what I did was drive the Red Cross truck and feed people,” Christy said. “The truck had food supplies, snacks, drinks, water and clean-up supplies like Chlorox.”
Christy was called into action by the Red Cross in mid-January. At that time, the flooding was beginning to take its toll on the Harrisburg area.
“It had snowed about a week before I got my call, about two or three feet,” Christy said. “And then came that warm spell, and the snow started melting.
“There are two rivers right above Harrisburg. As the ice came down the rivers flooded and went into the homes along the river.”
Christy was one of 12 Mississippians the only one from Lee County sent by the Red Cross to the flooded area. She joined the Red Cross in 1992 after retiring as a flight medic.
“I just couldn’t stay at home,” said Christy on why she joined the Red Cross. “So when I started talking about finding some volunteer work, the Red Cross seemed something on the line of a medic, helping people.”
Christy said the relief effort around Harrisburg is continuing. Local residents may help the victim of floods and other disasters by making a contribution to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at any Red Cross chapter.
In Lee County, donations may be sent to P.O. Box 966, Tupelo, MS 38802. Those who wish to make donations by credit cards or by pledges may call 1-800-HELP-NOW (435-7669).
After assisting flood victims in Pennsylvania, Christy returned to the South only to find it covered with ice from the winter storm.
“My uncle had to drive me in from Memphis because our airport was closed down,” she said. “I came home to worse than it was up there as far as streets and things.”
‘Dance for Heart’ Saturday
There’s still time to sign up and get your aerobic dancing shoes ready for the “Dance for Heart” Saturday at the Tupelo Middle School gymnasium.
The seventh annual aerobicthon lasts from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.
“Dance for Heart” is an annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association’s cardiovascular and education programs. Even those who aren’t in shape to dance can help out the cause by sponsoring someone’s ready to work out for a good cause.
Sponsor forms may be picked up at Premier Lady, Warehouse Gym, Whitney’s Fitness Center and the North Mississippi Wellness Center.
For more information, call 841-4141.
Fund for church established
A building fund account has been set up at a Baldwyn bank for a local church that recently lost its temporary home to fire.
A double-wide trailer used by Trinity Baptist Church was destroyed in an early-morning fire Jan. 31. Trinity Baptist had been using the trailer, owned by the Southern Baptist Convention, while its new church building was under construction.
Though the Convention had the trailer insured, the church was responsible for the items inside. Bro. Sammy Coker, pastor at Trinity, said all of the church’s pews were damaged as well as materials for the new building.
Anyone wishing to help Trinity Baptist with a donation to its building fund account can call the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Baldwyn, 365-5241.
Starting next week, we will be reading the latest news from Auburn community. Mitzi Rock joins Lee County Neighbors as Auburn’s community correspondent.
If you have any news from the Auburn area for Lee County Neighbors, give Mitzi a call at 840-7006 or 844-7359. Her first column will run in next week’s Neighbors.
If you would like to represent your community as a correspondent, give me a call at 678-1600 or 842-2612 for more details.
Bobby Pepper is editor of the Lee County Neighbors section. Contact him by writing Lee County Neighbors, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, P.O. Box 909, Tupelo, MS 38802-0909, or by calling 678-1600 or 842-2612. He welcomes your contributions.