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Volunteers needed for Mississippi Tornado Relief telethon

COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from the Pine Belt Community

December 23, 2014 severe weather swept across Marion and Jones Counties, spawning five reported tornadoes that killed five people, and injured over 50 individuals. Entire neighborhoods were destroyed, homes and businesses were flattened, and lives were changed forever. Reports state that this was the deadliest December tornado event in Mississippi since the Vicksburg tornado on Dec. 5, 1952.

HOW YOU CAN HELP - please volunteer an hour or two of your time!

In response, WDAM and The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation are coordinating a telethon fundraiser called: Mississippi Tornado Relief: Hope, Help and Healing. Also included in the relief efforts are Raycom sister stations: WLBT (Jackson), WLOX (Biloxi), and WMC (Memphis).

When: Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Where: WDAM located at 2362 US Hwy 11, Moselle, MS

Please give us an hour or two of your time to help man phones.

A script will be provided.

Donations are for long-term recovery needs and will support the most vulnerable families in Marion and Jones Counties to help rebuild their homes and lives.

The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation established two funds to assist in the long-term recovery needs of those affected by the Dec 23 tornadoes. The two funds are:

Columbia Strong Fund: to assist with unmet needs in Marion Counties. Pine Belt Community Disaster Fund: to assist with unmet needs in Jones and Lamar counties. To volunteer, please call Caroline the PineBelt Community Foundation at 601.583.6180.

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