BY JOSH PRESLEY
United Way of Clay County, Lyon Insurance Agency and East Mississippi Community College teamed up to host a donation drive for tornado victims in Louisville and Winston County from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday.
United Way coordinated the drive, with EMCC providing a truck and trailer. Lyon Insurance allowed the truck to park in front of its office and supplied workers to sort the donations.
Lyon Insurance Agency President Gil Lyon said the turnout from West Point and Clay County residents was phenomenal.
“It was very rewarding and we were just a very small part of it,” Lyon said. “It all goes back to West Point and Clay County — the residents outdid themselves.”
Lyon said there were people who didn’t have cars and walked to donate items.
“We had more than half an 18-wheeler trailer loaded with stuff,” Lyon said. “It was stacked from top to bottom.”
United Way of Clay County Executive Director Stacy Hays said the donations included water and sports drinks, baby items, cleaning supplies and hygiene products.
“Westside Veterinary Clinic in West Point donated a lot of pet food,” Hays said. “Mississippi Highway Patrol called us and needed heavy-duty shovels, rakes and work gloves and Clay County Co-Op gave us a good deal on those.”
Lyon said all the donations were things that were needed.
“We had a steady stream of people donating all day long,” he said. “I got here around 5:45 a.m. and there were already people pulling in and dropping off stuff.”
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