HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Help is on the way for tornado victims in Mississippi. In Tupelo, the Salvation Army is collecting donations of household items like furniture.
A foundation in the area is creating a tornado relief fund for North Mississippi. It'll match donations up to $25,000.
And area banks will match up to $10,000.
Senator Roger Wicker, who is from Tupelo, is encouraging folks across Mississippi to volunteer to help in the tornado-affected areas.
But, he's advising them not to do it by themselves.
"Contact a reputable relief group, a charitable group, maybe like the Red Cross or Salvation Army and get with somebody who can organize the effort," Wicker said. "And I think that would be the message from the three or four mayors I talked to. Don't try to go it alone. Get with a group and get it organized. But, there is plenty for volunteers to do across the State of Mississippi," he said.
Wicker was in Hattiesburg Friday for the inauguration of Dr. Rodney Bennett as the University of Southern Mississippi's 10th president.