Some cities and groups have collected items and relief supplies to send to Texas and have completed their drives at this time, but they will re-evaluate what is needed and announce future drives. This is the latest information provided to the Sun Herald of current collections and drop-off sites:
Bay St. Louis
Bay St. Louis is collecting disaster relief supplies from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items sought: towels, batteries, brooms and dustpans, baby diapers and formula, bottled water, canned food, can openers, cleaning supplies, dehumidifiers, extension cords, first aid kits, flashlights, gloves, hand sanitizer, heavy plastic, mops, buckets and sponges, plastic buckets and trash cans, garbage bags, masks, rubber or plastic aprons, rubber boots, safety glasses, storage boxes, tarps, tool kits. Drop-off sites: Fire Station 1, 543 Main St.; and Fire Station 2, 9998 Mississippi 603.
Biloxi School District
The Biloxi School District is adopting the Dickinson Independent School District, home to 12 schools and 11,000 students. Its campuses and staff members’ homes have received significant flooding. Biloxi schools, clubs, teams and organizations have already started various fundraisers. Money raised will be sent to Dickinson through the Biloxi First Disaster Relief Fund. Biloxi Public Schools employees also contribute monthly to the fund. For more details on fundraisers, check out the district’s Facebook page or make tax-deductible donations directly at any Peoples Bank to the Biloxi First Disaster Relief Fund.
The city is collecting supplies to be taken to Houston on a truck and trailer donated by Gollott and Sons Transfer and Storage. Take items to D’Iberville Fire Station #1, 11288 Lamey Bridge Road, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Supplies requested: bottled water, garbage bags, plastic/Styrofoam cups; latex and leather gloves, plastic eating utensils, safety glasses, paper towels, shovels and rakes, bleach/bleach wipes, filter masks, mops and brooms, industrial-size garbage bags, hand sanitizers/wipes, cleaning buckets, commercial foil wrap and plastic wrap, dish detergent, food service plastic gloves, baby diapers and wipes, Styrofoam “clam shells” for food, baby bottles. Food items: Industrial size cans of fruit and vegetables, large bags of rice, baby food and baby formula.
The city will collect emergency relief supplies including cleaning supplies, water, tools, personal hygiene items and any other items to help those affected by Harvey. No clothes, please. Drop-off sites: Gautier City Hall, 3330 U.S. 90; Gautier fire stations at 2502 College Drive, 7511 Martin Bluff Road, 1905 Ladnier Road or 6200 Brown Road; Gautier Police Department, 3329 U.S. 90; Clearwater Solutions office, 3305 Gautier-Vancleave Road; and Coldwell Banker Smith Homes, Realtors, 2004 U.S. 90.
Gulfport prayer service and offering
The Gulfport Ecumenical Fellowship will host a free communitywide prayer service for Hurricane Harvey recovery at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 11322 West Taylor Road, Gulfport. The service, “Hurricane to Hope,” will include prayers for victims and those who help them, and an offering for Salvation Army relief efforts in Rockport, Texas. Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania, part of a group traveling to Rockport on Sept. 5, will speak. Bishop Amos Marshall of Trinity Full Gospel Baptist Church will preach and the Rev. Stephen Kidd, rector of St. Mark’s, will lead the liturgy assisted by pastors and church leaders from area churches. Details: Will Shurley, convener of the Gulfport Ecumenical Fellowship, at 228-864-3143.
The Hancock Chamber is accepting large donations to fill up an 18-wheeler by Sept. 13. Drop off large donations to Infinity-AP 2112 Nichols Ave., Waveland. Need pallets of water/nonperishable foods, cases of personal hygiene products, bug spray and bleach, boxes of gently used clothing/bedding, various tools and shovels.
Hancock County RSVP
The Hancock County RSVP will accept clean, useable clothing, shoes, pillows, sheets, blankets and towels through September to be then organized and sent to help Harvey relief efforts. Drop off donations at RSVP, 228 Coleman Ave., Suite A-4, Waveland. Details: 467-9073 or 342-6525.
The city is accepting donations of baby items, formula, gift cards, cleaning supplies, water, Gatorade, toilet paper, paper towels, mops, buckets, bleach, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, basic medications and toiletries. No clothes, please. Drop-off sites: Long Beach Police Department, 201 Alexander Road; Long Beach Fire Department, 645 Klondyke Road; Long Beach Fire Department, 120 East Second St.; and Long Beach Fire Department, 21066 Johnson Road.
The city will collect donations through Sept. 4 at the Ocean Springs Fire Department at 1266 Bienville Blvd. to send to those affected by Harvey. Gary Gollott, a local truck owner/operator, has volunteered to drive the donations to Texas. Common donation items include diapers, baby wipes, bottled water, canned goods and flashlights. City officials ask that no clothing or perishable food items be dropped off for donation. Details: 228-230-1900.
The city has adopted League City, Texas, and is asking for cleaning products, towels, tools, boots, bottled water, bleach, trash bags, gloves, baby wipes and sanitizer, gift cards. Donations are accepted through Sept. 7. Drop-off locations: Pascagoula Police Department and any Pascagoula Fire Department.
The Pass Christian firefighters and police officers are trying to raise $20,000 by the end of September for first responders in Rockport, Texas. The responders lost all equipment and resources in Hurricane Harvey. Make checks payable to Pass Christian Volunteer Fire Department and mail to 200 W. Scenic Drive, Pass Christian, MS 39571. Please note the check is for Hurricane Harvey.
Waveland is accepting donations for items to take to Texas. Suggested donations include water, bleach, nonperishable food items, wipes, personal hygiene products, baby food, diapers, money or gift cards. Dropoff site: Waveland Central Fire Station, 427 U.S. 90.
Operation BBQ Relief
Operation BBQ Relief is prepared to feed the first responders and people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Volunteers, donations and money are needed. Donate: https://operationbbqrelief.org/apis/volunteer/donation. Volunteer by by going to https://operationbbqrelief.org/apis/volunteer/home/registration.
American Red Cross
The Southeast Mississippi Chapter is recruiting and training prospective volunteers for possible deployment to Texas or in preparation for potential deployment should Hurricane Irma impact the Gulf or East Coast. Those interested in becoming unpaid Red Cross volunteers and willing to be deployed for 14 days must pass a standard background check and have a valid driver’s license. Those interested should start by visiting www.redcross.org/ and selecting the “Volunteer” option on the top menu bar. Complete the attached online form with basic contact information, which is the first step in registering for training classes. Details: Gulfport office, 228-896-4511; Hattiesburg office, 601-582-8151; or Meridian office, 601-485-5151.
Several businesses in South Mississippi are accepting donations by Sept. 7 to be sent to Harvey relief efforts. Suggested donations include water, cleaning supplies, trash bags, rubber gloves, dust masks, liquid laundry detergent, pillows, blankets, towels, socks (adult and children), undergarments (adult and children), first aid kids, basic medicines, dog and cat food, cat litter and litter boxes, diapers, baby formula, shampoo, toilet paper, batteries and flashlights, nonperishable food items, paper products (cups, plates, napkins, utensils), pens and notebooks, school supplies, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, utility knives, manners and store gift cards. Drop-off sites include: Stow Away Boat & RV Storage, 3520 Bienville Blvd., Ocean Springs; Gils Fish Camp, 1024 Legion Lane, Ocean Springs; Jessica Jones Hair Salon, 896 Tee St., Biloxi; Crossfit Port Side, 34 29th St. Unit 1, Gulfport; River Rock Yoga, 2429 W. Commerce St., #C, Ocean Springs; and Paragon Realty, 2434 Pass Road, Suite C, Biloxi.
Gulf Islands Waterpark
Bring donations of nonperishable items such as canned goods and diapers to the waterpark in Gulfport during the Labor Day weekend and register to win a 2018 season pass.
JaxCoHome flood bucket challenge
Jackson County Home, also known as JaxCoHome, an online magazine, has started a social media campaign, #BucketUP, to encourage residents to participate in a flood bucket challenge. The challenge is to take a video of yourself filling up a 5-gallon bucket with cleaning supplies and make a donation. Then challenge others to do the same. Donations will be accepted through Tuesday, Sept., 5, and then be sent to Beaumont, Texas. Drop-off sites: First United Methodist Church, 2710 Pascagoula St., Pascagoula; Heritage Funeral Home, 9721 Mississippi 63, Moss Point; and Ocean Springs Lumber, 1611 Government St., Ocean Springs.
Krewe of Neptune
Krewe of Neptune Donation and NFL Kickoff Party on Sept. 7 from 6-10 p.m. at Margaritaville Resort Biloxi. A former Neptune officer, now living in Houston after losing everything during Katrina, is helping organize this relief effort with the Declaration Church in Houston, and all donated will be given to the church to distribute among victims. No admission, but request donations of water, medical supplies, cleaning supplies, diapers, pet food, air mattresses, flashlights and batteries, hammers and flat bars.
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