Tornado relief: How to help

news_djournal_greenHere’s a roundup of where donations can be made, how to volunteer and places to get a meal for folks affected by the tornado.

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Providing meals

Lunch Wednesday

BancorpSouth Lakeshire branch in Tupelo will have hot dog lunches for city and volunteer workers.

Belle Ame Salon on McCullough Boulevard will have lunch for those affected by the tornado, volunteers and workers.

Dinner Wednesday

West Jackson Street Baptist Church will serve dinner starting at 4 p.m. for those affected by the tornado, volunteers and workers.


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 as public safety officials deem it safe. Call (662) 841-9133 or sign up online at

Statement from United Way:

Public officials urge individuals not to self-deploy into storm-damaged neighborhoods. These well-meaning volunteers can actually hamper relief efforts by obstructing officials’ work or causing further damage. Officials request that all volunteers register through United Way. Volunteers must be registered for FEMA documentation and liability purposes.

Tupelo Strong has been created to connect volunteers and people with storm needs. Visit

Donations of Supplies

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

Itawamba County donation site at Centerville Baptist Church, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is accepting items such as water, sports drinks, flashlights, batteries, toiletries of all kinds, baby wipes, snacks, totes and garbage bags.

Salvation Army of Tupelo is accepting water, sports drinks, individual snack items, household items and furniture at Tupelo Furniture Market Building V on Coley Road. Pick-up can be arranged for large items by calling (662) 842-4442. Anything requiring refrigeration should go to the Army’s Carnation Street location. There is no charge for any items.

The Army is no longer accepting clothes due to a lack of space.

Three Red Cross Emergency Aid Stations are opened in Tupelo where people can receive health and mental health services and information on what recovery assistance is available. Locations are open daily from 10 4 p.m. at the following Tupelo locations: Cop House at 1609 Lockridge; St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on McCullough Boulevard; and Lane Chapel on N. Madison. Additional sites are planned to open Thursday.

Donations of money

CREATE Foundation disaster relief fund will collect money to be distributed through local emergency relief agencies to reach the areas of greatest need. Donations can be made online at and by phone at (662)844-8989.

Salvation Army – Donations are handled through

Red Cross, which is operating a shelter at BancorpSouth Arena, is accepting donations through or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Special needs

People with food allergies affected by the tornado can get assistance from FACE IT food allergy support group in Tupelo. The group is serving as the conduit for several national food allergy groups to provide specialty foods for people with food allergies. The first shipments were expected in Tupelo on Wednesday. Contact Amelia Smith Murphree at or (662) 322-7434.

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