Tornado relief, May 1: How to help, get help

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com Woodmen of the World members work together to create boxed lunches for those affected by the tornado Wednesday afternoon at Auburn Baptist Church. More than 650 were distributed the day before.

Lauren Wood | Buy at photos.djournal.com
Woodmen of the World members work together to create boxed lunches for those affected by the tornado Wednesday afternoon at Auburn Baptist Church. More than 650 were distributed the day before.

Here’s a roundup of how to help and how to get help. Email michaela.morris@journalinc.com with additions for the listing. Check djournal.com for updates.

Providing meals

Dinner today

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

Lunch Saturday

• Orkin at 2001 McCullough Boulevard will have lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for those involved with cleanup efforts in Tupelo.

Assistance

General

• Lee County collection site, 1031 S. Green St., Tupelo, has nonperishable foods, sports drinks, water, tarps, some roofing materials and baby formula available for those affected by the tornado. Call (662) 871-2819.

• United Way of Northeast Mississippi is connecting those in need with community resources and is taking requests for volunteer ar (662) 841-9133 assistance.

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 faceittupelo@live.com or (662) 322-7434.

• Advocacy assistance with prescription medication refill issues and replacement of medical equipment and devices lost in the tornado is being offered free through Mississippi Med Event. Call Bridgette Clock at (662) 871-1802.

Donations of Supplies

• Lee County food and water collection site, 1031 S. Green St., Tupelo, is accepting nonperishable food, water, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items. Please do not drop clothing at this site. Call (662) 871-2819 for assistance in coordinating donations.

• 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, 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. Refrigerated items should go to its Salvation Army campus.

• Helping Hands food pantry/clothes closet operated by First United Methodist Church, is accepting non-perishable food, clothing, small household items at its 314 S. Church St., Tupelo, from 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call Bonnie at (662) 690-8100 to schedule donations at other times. No furniture please.

• Lane Chapel CME Church will hold a canned food and clothing drive for storm-affected families from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at its 1509 N. Madison St. campus. Families affected by the storm will be able to pick up items during the drive. Food and drinks will be available to all. Call Kia Kohelem at (662) 350-3177.

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 createfoundation.com and by phone at (662) 844-8989.

• Salvation Army donations are handled through salvationarmy.org.

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

Volunteering

• 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 unitedwaynems.org.

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