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As flood recovery efforts in Louisiana continue, so do the philanthropic efforts of Northeast Mississippians seeking to lend a hand and help out fellow Southerners bouncing back from a severe natural disaster.

Described as the worst disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, a storm that started Aug. 12 dumped as much as 2 feet of rain over two days in areas of Louisiana and was blamed for 13 deaths.

Having lived in southwest Mississippi and near central Louisiana for several years, my Facebook feed is still populated by many who live in areas that received heavy rain, as well those who have family in the Baton Rouge area.

The devastating images of damage and destruction one day were quickly replaced the next with heartwarming images of volunteers helping in the clean up process.

It’s one of those great Southern things that doesn’t often get a lot of attention.

In times of great crisis or destruction, help doesn’t need to be requested it just arrives.

It arrives from people who are all too familiar with the feeling and want to give back the way that someone else gave back to them in their time of need.

From boots on the ground to sending supplies, the outpouring of support a community receives from across the country following a natural disaster is truly something to stop and appreciate.

And in Northeast Mississippi, those efforts started immediately following the heavy rains and are continuing as the recovery process kicks into high gear.

Immediate assistance from our region that came in the form of volunteers and hands on assistance can be attributed to Hope Reigns.

Hope Reigns, which is the emergency response division of Tupelo based Christian mission Eight Days of Hope ministry, sent 450 volunteers from nearly 20 states to help restore flood ravaged areas of Louisiana.

And as those volunteers from our region traveled to begin work, the residents who stayed began giving back through generous donations.

Some of the early gathering of relief supplies in our region came from businesses, schools and municipalities in various communities across Northeast Mississippi.

Markel Whittington, Tupelo City councilman and businessman, was one of many that spearheaded the collection and transportation of relief supplies.

One truck loaded with donated goods left for Louisiana flood victims last week, but another truck is on the dock and ready to be filled up.

Those interested in donating items (cleaning supplies, non perishable food, bottled water and clothing) can drop them off at 277 Community Drive in Tupelo.

St. James Catholic Church Knights of Columbus and StorageMax are teaming up to help and need your assistance.

Through Sept. Saturdays.

The group is collecting non perishable food items,
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cleaning supplies, toiletries, batteries, fans, diapers, paper products, gloves and everyday household goods.

Monetary donations can be sent to KC Council 8848 c/o St. James Catholic Church, 845 Lakeshire Drive, Tupelo, MS 38804.

Booneville Middle School is collecting school supplies for students and teachers at a Louisiana elementary school who were forced out of their building by recent flooding.

BMS has partnered with Lake Elementary School, a kindergarten through eighth grade school with around 950 students in Gonzales, Louisiana.

BMS is collecting colored pencils, crayons, pencils, zippered pouches for holding supplies, binders and pocket dividers, among other supplies. Donations will be accepted for the next two weeks at the school.
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