Hurricane Harvey: How you can help

By: 
Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

Earlier this week, Hurricane Harvey ripped through coastal Texas and Louisiana, leaving a path of destruction and scores of Americans in need.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Department is accepting donations through 8 Days of Hope for victims of the historic storm.

Accepted items include: cleaning supplies, baby wipes, diapers, work gloves, heavy duty garbage bags, first aid items, toiletries, new bed sheets, new towels, soap, dog food, bleach, baby formula and female hygiene products.

Donations can be dropped off at the CCSD. Bottled water and clothing will not be accepted. The items will be delivered Sept. 9.

East Mississippi Community College is also accepting donations until next Friday.

EMCC Adult Basic Education Director Jim Bearden said donations could be dropped off at the guard house at the Mayhew campus or at the West Point campus.

“My students wanted to do something to help, so we started collecting donations,” Bearden said.

Bearden said cleaning supplies, bottled water, batteries, diapers and baby wipes were needed.

Bearden said the first load of donations would be taken to Texas Sept. 8, but the deadline would be extended if needed.

Contact Bearden at 243-2627 for more information.

Clay County EMA Director Kerrie Blissard said she was asked to wait to take donations until the storm subsides so they can find out what was needed.

Local artist and Houston native Deborah Mansfield said her friends in and around Houston, which was heavily hit with rain and flooding, were donating to the J.J. Watt Foundation because they trusted the money would be used where it was needed.

As of Wednesday, nearly $6 million had been raised by the foundation, and donations can be made at www.jjwfoundation.org.

Other online places to donate include:
• Salvation Army, www.salvationarmyusa.org
• Houston Food Bank, www.houstonfoodbank.org
• Corpus Christi Food Bank, www.foodbankcc.com
• Texas Diaper Bank of San Antonio, www.texasdiaperbank.org
• United Way of Houston, www.unitedwayhouston.org
• JAB Cares, www.jabcares.org
• Houston SPCA, www.houstonspca.org
• Austin Pets Alive!, www.austinpetsalive.org

According to Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, “Cash donations offer voluntary agencies and faith-based organizations the most flexibility to address urgently developing needs. With cash in hand, these organizations can obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location. This inflow of cash also pumps money back into the economy and helps local businesses recover faster.”

MEMA also advises to not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing or perishable food items, and to always donate through a trusted organization.

Hurricane Harvey will also cause inclement weather in West Point and the Golden Triangle area. According to the National Weather Service in Jackson, Harvey will weaken as it moves through the Ark-La-Miss area today, but there is a slight risk for severe weather including gusty winds and brief tornadoes. Localized flash flooding and possibly river flooding will be a concern.

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