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Supply drives continue to emerge in wake of storm

May 2, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

In the wake of the Monday’s severe storms that rocked Northeast Mississippi, agencies in Clay County are taking donations to assist the neighboring communities that were hit hard by the weather.
Students at West Point High School began accepting donations Thursday and will continue to do so on Friday.
Shaffany Hamilton, who teaches 11th-12-grade social studies at WPHS, said the students are gathering non-perishable items, such as canned goods and bottled water, to take wherever it needs to go.
“We’ll divide the items up and take them to the Salvation Army in Starkville and Louisville as we see what the needs are,” Hamilton said. “If we have enough left over we’ll try to take it to Tupelo, as well.”
Hamilton said the students are bringing donations to their home rooms, and the school is making it a competition.
“The teacher’s home room that collects the most goods will get breakfast,” she said. “The teacher of that home room will get to wear jeans for the entire week.”
Hamilton said there shouldn’t have to be a competition but sometimes kids can lack empathy and the competition serves as a way to make it fun for students and to teach them to help others.
“I”m always telling them about helping and I feel like if I’m going to practice it, I need to preach it,” Hamilton said. “What the students may not understand is that, although the storm missed us, tornado season isn’t over and it could just as easily be us next time.”
She said WPHS is thinking of extending the donation drive until next Tuesday or Wednesday so students and staff can gather more items.
“At the end we’ll put it all in the back of a truck and take it where it needs to go,” Hamilton said. “Doing good seems to come back to you, and you never know when you might need someone’s help.”
North Mississippi Medical Center is accepting donations for the residents of Louisville and Tupelo, as well.
NMMC Administrative Resident Cate Rowe the hospital is coordinating with the American Red Cross and will be taking donations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Wednesday at the Wellness Center and NMMC’s front office.
“We chose Tupelo and Louisville because we can physically travel there,” Rowe said. “All our employees have family or friends that have been affected somewhere.”
She said the hospital is accepting donations of:
n Canned goods
n Snacks
n bottled water
n diapers
n toiletries
n blankets
n paper towels
n clothes and shoes
n backpacks and school supplies

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