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Disaster relief caravans travel to Holmes County

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By Ashley Conroy - email

LEXINGTON, MS (WLBT) - Truckloads of disaster relief items have made their way from the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson to the hard-hit areas over the last several days.

The Hinds County Sheriff's Department initially set up post with a large 18-wheeler truck on Tuesday for people to drop off donations.

Since then, Deputy Chief Steve Pickett said they have sent about four smaller caravans of trucks up to Yazoo and Holmes Counties.

Other Hinds County officials decided to get involved.  Their focus on Thursday was to bring       disaster-relief items to Holmes County.

"Naturally my colleagues and I, we didn't hesitate.  We decided we would join in with the sheriff's department and assist them with whatever they needed," said Robert Graham who sits on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors.

Holmes County Board of Directors President Normal Cobbins said they are very appreciative of any goods they receive.  

"They've been doing and bringing us [goods], and assisting us through our crisis."

The truck was initially set to arrive at the Ebenezer Fire Department, but Cobbins said they've received so many donated items already, there was no more additional room.

However, he said disaster victims are welcome to stop by the county distribution center in Lexington  to request the items dropped off on Thursday.

Additionally, they are sending these goods to Ebenezer as soon as space is available. 

Cobbins said those wanting more information can call the Fire Coordinator in Ebenezer at (601) 201-3805.

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