Donating to The Salvation Army best way to help tornado victims, minister at Coy says
Thursday, April 28, 2011 4:45 PM
The Salvation Army has fed more than 300 people in Neshoba County since 11:30 a.m. today and has food through tomorrow, a minister at a church in the hardest hit area of Neshoba County said late this evening as the sun was setting.
Cheathams Mini Mart in the Coy community sustained heavy damage from Wednesday's tornado.
The Rev. Ron Lloyd Schwake, pastor of the Coy United Methodist Church were more than half of the 90 members had damage to their homes, says the best way to help tornado victims is to donate to The Salvation Army, which opened the canteen in the church parking lot off Mississippi 21 north on the Kemper-Neshoba County line near some of the worst damage and where three women died in Kemper County in a mobile home off Stokes Road.
The Salvation Army has set up the canteen as a fixed feeding site, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency announced.
Reach the Salvation Army's Meridian office at 601-483-6156. To donate, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
Schwake said one of the biggest concerns tornado victims have at the present time is debris removal.
A tornado that touched down in Northwest Philadelphia about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday caused extensive damage to Northside Park and then tore through the Longino and North Bend communities in rural Neshoba County before moving through Coy and into Kemper County.
No serious injuies or deaths were reported in Neshoba County. More than 35 homes were destroyed or damaged and power outages were extensive.
Most power has been restored, officials said.