COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - Residents of Columbia, Mississippi are reaching out to help folks in their sister city of Columbia, South Carolina who are suffering from flooding after Hurricane Joaquin. They're donating cases of bottled water, which will be delivered next week.
It's all being organized by the Columbia Strong organization and KLLM Trucking.
Saturday, volunteers gathered at the Walmart on Highway 98 to begin loading two 18-wheel trucks. The volunteers and those making the donations say it's the least they can do to help people who came to their assistance after Hurricane Katrina and last year's deadly tornado.
"We've kept up a sister relationship with them over the years," said Carlton Thornhill, one of the volunteers. "And of course, they're in dire need of drinking water and that's the number one thing they've asked us for."
"We just felt the need to do it," said Kim Patterson, a local resident who donated two cases of water. "They would probably do the same thing for us."
"I've heard it's pretty bad and I know they've helped us and other states as well have helped us, so we should give back," said Rylee Cooper, a student at Columbia Academy who was taking donations.
Donations will also be accepted at Walmart from 12-6 p.m. Sunday. The trucks will leave for South Carolina Monday night.