(Olive Branch, MS) The spirit of giving is alive and well at the YMCA in Olive Branch.
People are dropping off disaster supplies for victims of Monday’s devastating tornado that hit Tupelo.
So many supplies have been donated that organizers needed to bring in a bigger trailer to hold all the goods.
Bags and boxes of disaster supplies have been filling the lobby of the Olive Branch YMCA.
Thursday, staff members were sorting through them and making way for more donations.
All the items are designated for tornado victims in Tupelo.
“These are friends of mine, these are our neighbors. What can we do to help them,” said Michael Beamon.
Beamon, with Aces A/C Supply, came up with the idea to collect supplies after seeing the impact of Monday’s tornado.
“So I called the Y and I said, ‘This is what I want to do. I want to get a truck out here. Let’s hit our social media, you know, Facebook, Twitter, whatever we can do. And get the word out that we need to help our neighbors,’” said Michael Beamon.
The word spread like wildfire, bringing people from Olive Branch and the surrounding area.
Tom Dorsey, a Memphian and YMCA member, donated several cases of bottled water.
He knows people affected by the tornado need the kinds of items that you and I take for granted.
“They need water, they need toilet paper, they need other toiletries. And they’ll take clothes, whatever is non-perishable,” said Dorsey.
The relief effort quickly outgrew Michael Beamon’s delivery truck and Thursday Southeastern Freight Lines donated a larger trailer.
And not a minute too soon as donations were starting to spill over into the Y’s parking lot.
Many people, like Dan Grady of Olive Branch, are giving because they know it could have just as easily been their home destroyed by the twister.
“I mean we’re blessed. We had tornadoes in Arkansas, we had tornadoes in Tupelo and nothing happened here. And I’m watching the things on TV and I’m thinking, ‘we got to help those people,’ said Dan Grady.
You can drop off your donations at the Olive Branch YMCA until 5 p.m. Sunday.
Police will escort the trailer of supplies to Lee Acres Church of Christ in Tupelo Monday morning.