The Headline reads on February 11, 2013:
Tornado tears through southern Mississippi
MY HEART STOPS! When was the last time I spoke with my family and did I tell them that I loved them?? YES I DID. I spoke to them the day before. BUT WAIT??? DID THE TORNADO HIT THEM?
Those were my thoughts immediately when I heard that the tornado hit Hattiesburg, Oak Grove and Petal, Mississippi. I began to pray and then I did something that I always do best: I TURNED TO TWITTER!
Over the next 48 hours, I was able to get donations taken to MY FAIR SWEETS on Northside Drive here in Atlanta, Georgia. Thanks to those who took the time to take their donations there we were able to put together 400 care packages, one thousand canned goods and clothing for women, men & children.
|Me & The Hattiesburg Police Department|
|My AUDI Q7 packed to the max full of donations for Hattiesburg, Petal & Oak Grove, MISSISSIPPI|
My dear friend Nikki Byrom helped me with this, Bryon Wallington helped pack my truck the night before I left to go to Hattiesburg, @MYFAIRSWEETS gave us a donation space and my assistant/cousin Gregory Molette helped me coordinate my Social Media Campaign for my people back home in the Pine Belt Area.
I began to think, "HEY! They will need volunteers there. Let me see who I can get to come to Hattiesburg!" I was able to gather up a group of college athletes, alumni of the University of Southern Mississippi and we even had the opportunity of having NFL Saints player Malcolm Jenkins come down with his wife Morrisa help clean up.
It was a beautiful sight to see others come into town to clean up debris especially in the GOULA area of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Samaritan's Purse was present helping those affected in various areas of Hattiesburg & Petal, Mississippi.
I want to take this time to personally thank those that RT'd, sent out text messages, donated goods & clothing and prayed for Hattiesburg, Oak Grove & Petal, Mississippi. I will never forget about those back home and although things are looking up the work is not over. I will be traveling back home around March 8th to take the next round of donations home.
If you wish to help with #HelpingThePineBELTMS please leave a comment with your email and you will be contacted!