COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - The people of Columbia, South Carolina, have thanked the folks in Columbia, Mississippi, for helping them recover from a recent natural disaster in a special way.
The Capital of the Palmetto State has designated its Mississippi namesake as a sister city.
The Columbia, South Carolina, City Council passed a resolution this week making it official.
In October 2015, volunteers from Marion County delivered two large truckloads of water to South Carolina, after that state was hit by Hurricane Joachin.
Several months earlier, South Carolinians helped Columbia, Mississippi, recover from a powerful tornado that killed three people in that city.
On Thursday, Catherine Fleming Bruce, a representative of the Columbia, South Carolina, City Council, delivered a copy of the resolution to Columbia, Mississippi.
"People helped us and we want to pay it forward," said Bruce. "That's one of the things that our mayor said when he and Council approved this."
"I'm just so proud of our city and what we've done and for our little town," said Danon Jones Vest, a volunteer with the "Hearts for Hope" organization. "We can sure collect water and collect money and do a lot of things for a lot of people."
Columbia, South Carolina, also has several other official sister cities in Europe and Asia.