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Local Red Cross Sends Help after Tornado Blasts Hattiesburg

Local Red Cross volunteers from the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross are headed to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where a tornado and severe weather has left several families homeless.

The American Red Cross is responding to damage in multiple counties around the Hattiesburg area resulting from Sunday evening's severe weather.

The local volunteers will assess damage, act as caseworkers, and provide meals and snacks to those who lost their homes.

Volunteers Jim Landry, Frank Dixon, Andrew Snyder, Thomas Butler and Joyce Bruce, will travel to Mississippi in Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles filled with supplies. The team’s immediate mission is to help feed residents and pass out emergency supplies in the heart of the disaster area. They are expected to return in about two weeks.

“The American Red Cross is making sure people have a safe place to stay and food to eat. We will be there as long as needed as families struggle to recover,” said Kay W. Wilkins, CEO of the American Red Cross South Louisiana Region. “Red Cross disaster teams are working around the clock to help people whose lives are turned upside down, more Red Cross assistance is on the way.”

Today, the American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. Through a worldwide network, the American Red Cross also provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families – in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world.

Those who want to help the people affected by these disasters, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Their gift will enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other disaster assistance. To make a donation, people can visit, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross, your local chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

The Southeast Louisiana Chapter serves more than 1.6 million people throughout Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, Assumption, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes. For more information please call 504-620-3105. Join us on Facebook at or follow us on twitter: @RedCrossSELA.