Mississippi’s chance to help hurricane survivors in desperate need


A student holds a cup for water dispensed from a cooler in the hallway at Gardner Elementary School in Detroit, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Some 50,000 Detroit public school students will start the school year Tuesday by drinking water from coolers, not fountains, after the discovery of elevated levels of lead or copper — the […]

Hurricane Michael survivors are said to “desperately need help” in Florida and Mississippians are coming together this week to send them what they need.
Powers Fire & Rescue in Laurel, Miss. is orchestrating  a relief supplies drive for those whose homes were decimated in the storm.

Firefighters hope they can get an 18-wheeler trailer filled with basic supplies like  bottled water, sports drinks, canned food items, baby formula, baby diapers, wipes, household bleach, household cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, manual can openers, flashlights and batteries, mops, buckets, bath towels, hand tools, tarps and first aid supplies.
The department says clothing items are not currently needed.
The 18 wheeler trailer will sit, ready to load, at B&C Mobile Homes on  1513 Highway 84 East in the Powers Community, just outside Laurel. 

Days and times you can put the gifts in the truck are Tues. through Fri., from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Sat., from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.
The 18 wheeler truck, trailer, driver and fuel for the trip is donated by Ray Herndon of Diamondback Training LLC. 

The truck heads for the Florida Panhandle early next week.

Thousands of homes and businesses in the area are destroyed, damaged or flooded.

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