Deadly tornadoes struck the people of Columbia, Mississippi on December 23-24, 2014. Columbia SC resident Catherine Bruce first heard about this tragic event from Agnes Scott College classmate, Danon Vest, a resident of the Mississippi city that has lost five people and many businesses and homes to the EF3 storm. Now Bruce is challenging the people of her city, Columbia, South Carolina to aid her classmate in the effort to help the people of Columbia, Mississippi. Vest is working with the Youth and Open Arms Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church in Columbia, MS to collect items for snack bags that will go to tornado victims, along with the hot meals that various area churches are preparing. The group is collecting peanut butter cracker packs, granola bars, tuna/chicken/ham salad kits, fruit and water. They are also accepting donations. Danon thanks those who have already given, but says: “This is ongoing, and more is needed for both the tornado victims and the hardworking volunteers! Any help you could give us would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!” Bruce asks individuals and groups to purchase and send the items listed to the following address: Open Arms/Columbia MS relief, 1308 Gill Street, Columbia, MS 39429 She also challenges the City of Columbia to consider asking party-goers at this year’s Famously Hot New Year to bring one packaged item, and asks the City to send what they collect to the Open Arms/Columbia MS relief campaign. This would be a challenge, because the turnaround time for accommodating the donations is short, it would be a great way to ring in the new year for the suffering people of Columbia, Mississippi. A Facebook page, ‘Columbia SC for Columbia MS: tornado relief’,
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