(See Comments for Updated Info)
According to reports the volunteer coordinator for clean up efforts in Smithville, Mississippi, has said no more volunteers are needed. If any are needed in the future, the coordinator will issue a call. The clean up is now being done by the US Army Corp of Engineers. There will be a meeting this afternoon (Wednesday, May 4) at 5:00 pm. I plan on attending the meeting. I hope we’ll get some clarity on the volunteer situation. I’ll update here after the meeting. (Edit: If you have more information about the volunteer situation, please comment below.)
Meanwhile, there are still many needs and ways to contribute. Our church has been helping out our people directly affected by the tornado. Those needs will continue for some time.
One of the channels of relief has been our local Sav-A-Life. They are doing an outstanding job. You can contact them at this number: (662) 257-9043. Grace Fellowship Baptist Church has been a hub of relief efforts. You can find them here: Grace Fellowship Baptist Church. A church in the the town of Smithville is right in the middle of the carnage: Cross Bound Church. First Baptist Church in Amory is hosting the Mississippi Baptist Disaster Relief Unit. First Baptist also has a web page with a list of needs. There are many, many more churches and organizations helping, as well.
You can contact any of the above for more information. Just remember they are very busy and may not always be available to answer email and calls.
Please continue to pray for everyone. The pain of loss is terrible. But I am seeing Jesus lifted up in a thousand different ways. The loss has been great but our God is greater!
If you have more news on the relief efforts or more contacts concerning the efforts, please let us know. You can use the comment form below to tell us about them.