Local Jaycees collecting hurricane relief items

Local Jaycees collecting hurricane relief items
Hattiesburg is the 16th largest community in Mississippi and is located in the southeast corner of the state, right in the middle of the devastation. Kelly and Aimee Deckert of the Freeman Jaycees are taking a semi-trailer directly to the affected area.

If you can please help, the items listed are needed, especially baby items, paper products, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, and Styrofoam brand coolers. There are drop sites throughout Vermillion (final pick-up on Friday, Sept. 23 at noon). For more information call Jen Hovland 624-5900 or Marcia Harnios 624-4513.

If you would prefer to make a cash donation, you can make tax-deductible donations to the relief effort though The U.S. Jaycees Foundation. Be sure to put "Hurricane Relief" in the memo portion of your check.

Shannon Estes of the Hattiesburg Jaycees chapter is working with a network of local churches to distribute the food, water, and other items to people in the rural areas of the Pine Belt and down on the gulf coast. He has told us that there is a major lack of gasoline in the area; therefore, the people in the rural areas are not getting the support from FEMA and the Red Cross.

The people of these local churches are loading pick-ups and driving it into the most affected areas. Hattiesburg is taking in thousands of homeless, jobless evacuees. The local Salvation Army is taking a good majority of them and they are asking for paper products for serving meals and hygiene products.

Phyllis Packard's (of Vermillion) nephew is the city attorney in Ocean Springs, MS. He said that they also need clothing, tarps, roofing nails, and air mattresses. There is also a need for building inspectors, people to help clean-up, and Hepatitis and Tetanus shots.

Drop Sites

(If the location is closed, please do not leave outside)

HyVee; Jones' Ace Hardware; Jones' Food Center; Vermillion Chamber and Development Company; Vermillion Recycling Center.

Needed Items

? Baby Items (powdered formula only) diapers, wipes, diaper rash ointment and baby clothing.

? Personal hygiene items, antibacterial soaps, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, moist towelettes and toilet paper.

? First aid kits, band-aids, alcohol pads, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic sprays.

? Bug spray.

? Cleaning supplies, shop vacs, cleaning detergents, bleach, brushes, scouring pads, rubber and latex gloves, mops, buckets, brooms.

? Tarps and rope to cover roofs until repairs are made.

? Work gloves.

? Batteries.

? Flashlights with batteries.

? Radios with batteries.

? Sleeping bags, pillows and warm blankets.

? Paper products, cups, plates, napkins, towels, plastic silverware.

? Manual can openers.

? Clothing of all sizes.

? Storm essential food, water and Styrofoam coolers, canned food items that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water, or special preparation. Avoid foods that will make you thirsty. Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals, and canned foods with high liquid content, canned meats, peanut butter, cereal/breakfast bars, and dry mixes such as salt-free nuts, cereal, and dried fruits.

? Everything and anything!! These people lost everything, so anything you would use on a daily basis is needed.

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