Bryant helps feed tornado victims in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Nearly a week from Sunday's tornado, and after Monday's news conference, Governor Phil Bryant returned to Hattiesburg on Saturday to lend the Salvation Army a helping hand, and distribute food boxes to dozens of residents.

"These are canned goods, rice, things that can last that are non-perishable goods, so people who have been displaced will have a box of food," said Bryant. "We'll be back until we make sure everyone has the necessary food items that they need until we get them into a home."

Aside from handing out boxes at Jaycee Park, Governor Phil Bryant also went to several tornado affected homes to deliver a box personally to families in need.

"Working ourselves into those neighborhoods actually going physically door to door delivering in some cases is the only way to do it," said Captain of Hattiesburg's Salvation Army, Andy Gilliam. "Folks are just not able to get out."

Thanks to the hundreds of food boxes distribute, many families have food to last them several days.

"They're doing a nice thing to help our community," said resident John Scarbrough. "Our community was affected by the tornado, you know, and it's nice to help."

While it may take a while for many families to move back into their homes, at least there were no fatalities caused by the tornado.

"It is a Mardi Gras miracle for us, and now all we have to do is rebuild and with the help of the federal government, who has assured us that FEMA assistance will be here, we'll come back better than ever," said Bryant.

For those affected by the tornado and need assistance call 1-800-621-FEMA, or click HERE.

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