Hattiesburg Church collects tornado donations

HATTIESBURG, MS - (WDAM) Since the record breaking severe weather outbreak just under a week ago, donations and support from folks in the Pine Belt have been coming in by the truck load. First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg is just one of many, and they've partnered up with the Boy Scouts to help fill an 18-wheeler to ship donations to tornado victims. Local churches and representatives from the Southern Pines Animal Shelter have all contributed to filling the truck, and so far, the outpouring of donations has been excellent according to some of the men in charge.

Kirk Frazier, Tall Pine District Boy Scout Chairman, said, "We recognized a need for help from the victims of the tornado in Tuscaloosa, that there were thousands of people who were made homeless within minutes, and we saw from our experience with hurricane Katrina that there was a drastic need for relief items."

Deacon of First Presbyterian Church, Charles Greer, said, "We wanted to get involved as part of our mercy ministry, and obviously this is a good cause. There's a lot of people that need help and assistance from us, and we've got the opportunity to be of service, so we're going to do so."

If you'd like to bring donations to the First Presbyterian Church, the fellowship hall will be open until 8pm Tuesday through Thursday.

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