What can I do to help the tornado victims? Here’s a good starting place

Days after a tornado touched down in and near Hattiesburg, killing four people and destroying homes and businesses, several agencies are providing assistance to those affected by the storm.

In Gulfport, the Mayor’s Youth Council is spearheading a school-uniform drive for Petal students. Members of the council are seeking donations of school supplies, any size khaki pants and any size polo shirts in the red, white or gray.

Donations can be dropped off at Gulfport City Hall at 2309 15th St. The drive ends at 5 p.m. Friday.

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcoopal Church in Gulfport also is accepting uniform donations. Donations of any size khaki pants and red, white and gray polos can be dropped off at the church at 1909 15th St. Donations should be left at the church by noon Sunday.

Here are some other ways to donate.

American Red Cross

To donate, call 1-800-Red-Cross (733-2767), text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or visit www.redcross.org.

United Way of Southeast Mississippi

Send a check with “tornado recovery” in the memo line to United Way of Southeast Mississippi, 210 W. Front St., Suite 400, Hattiesburg MS 39401

Salvation Army

Log on to www.salvationarmyalm.org

Harrison County School District

The Harrison County School District is hosting a “Pennies for Petal Campaign” at several of its schools through Friday. Superintendent Roy Gill said all donations will be converted to gift cards for those in need.

The following Harrison County schools will be collecting supplies and monetary donations:

▪ Woolmarket Elementary School

▪ D’Iberville Middle School

▪ Bel-Aire Elementary School

▪ D’Iberville High School

▪ West Harrison High School

▪ Saucier Elementary School