EASTER 2020 TORNADO RELIEF
Bringing help and hope to victims of the EF-4 tornado that struck Moss, Mississippi.
Strongest Tornado in Mississippi History
Records show 105 tornadoes struck the US just over a week ago on April 12-13, spreading from Texas to Florida, reaching through the Carolinas, and moving into Tennessee and Maryland.
An F-4 tornado hit the rural area of Moss, Mississippi at 190 mph and has been tracked as the widest storm ever recorded in the state, spreading nearly 2 miles wide, and barreling through 91 miles before dissipating. This massive twister left 212 homes in Moss totally destroyed, and 249 with severe damage.
Mossville Fire Department Chief, Doyle Webb explained the extent of the destruction via telephone. “Within a mile of where I am standing, there are 100 homes that were completely destroyed, and all that the people could salvage was being carried in a 5-gallon bucket.”
“We want to help as many people as we can,” Jeane Smiley-Mason, president of Gleaning For The World said, explaining that the organization will start by sending their first truckload of disaster relief supplies to Moss, MS, and will continue wherever the need is, for as long as resources are available.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and regulations, Gleaning’s collection will look different this time around. They will not be asking for product donations from the public at their usual location on Ward’s Road in Lynchburg, VA.
Instead, the organization is seeking financial donations, only, and will use those donations to purchase critically-needed items such as nonperishable foods, healthy juices, and cleaning supplies from local businesses. The organization also hopes to be able to provide some paper products for the tornado victims, if possible. Normally, multiple pallets of paper products are sent during a disaster response.
Please visit GFTW.org to make a donation online, or mail a donation check to GFTW, PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538. To give by phone, simply text “Tornado” to 1-434-208-1878.
“I cannot say “thank you” enough, but I’ll say it again. Thank you!” Smiley-Mason said. “Your generosity will be a blessing to those who are facing the most devastating time of their lives. They’ve been hit by two disasters at the same time: Covid-19 and these devastating storms.”
Concord, VA, 24538