People Gladly Donating Needed Items To Mississippi Tornado Victims

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(Memphis) Memphians are opening their hearts and helping tornado victims put their lives back together.

Several locations in the Memphis area are collecting donations.

One of them is Newby's, a local nightspot, that's helping tornado victims in Tupelo and North Mississippi.

Wednesday, Newby's owner Todd Adams wheeled a couple  of cases of bottled water into his popular nightspot on the Highland strip.

But the water isn't for people who would normally be inside Newby's listening to live music.

Adams is using the space for donations to tornado victims in Tupelo and North Mississippi.

"We' re trying to fill this room with the energy of love and hope and caring for our neighbors down in Mississippi," said Adams.

Adams started accepting donations Tuesday, and is getting good response from people who are dropping off canned goods, toiletries, bottled water, baby food, diapers, clothing and cleaning supplies.

Adams said people can drop items off at Newby's till 3 a.m. Thursday and then again from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday.

Volunteers will load an 18-wheeler trailer Friday morning at 8 a.m. and take the items to the Salvation Army in Tupelo.

Memphian Rebecca Russell brought in several bags of items Wednesday afternoon.

""Something for children, some hygiene products, some puppy food and some kitty food, baby bottles, a few snack items, toilet paper," said Russell.

Russell has five children and lives on a tight budget, but said she was overwhelmed with the desire to do something for the tornado victims.

"I went to pick some things up and ended up spending myself down to my last dollar," said Russell.

Memphian Jimmy Haskell dropped off two cases of heatable meals called MREs.

He bought them for his own storm shelter, but decided someone else could use them now.

"God told us that we're to lend a helping hand to anybody that's in need, that's in a worse off situation than us. So, I just want to do my part to help my fellow man," said Jimmy Haskell.

Todd Adams said people should give from the heart, remembering Memphis dodged the tornado bullet this time.

"Could have wiped us all out. And we would have all been needing the help from other cities and other communities. And you know what? I bet they'd be there to help us." said Todd Adams.

Here are some other locations that will be accepting supplies for tornado victims:

Lindenwood Christian Church in Midtown Memphis, beginning Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Q-107.5 FM will be live at The First Tennessee Bank at 8000 Trinity Rd off Germantown Parkway, Thursday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. collecting money for Tupelo tornado victims.

The Olive Branch YMCA will fill a delivery truck for Tupelo tornado victims from Thursday morning till 5 p.m. Sunday.

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