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Storm victims' needs met by volunteers

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By Cheryl Lasseter - bio | email

YAZOO CITY, MS (WLBT) - On Thursday, Casey Lloyd of Yazoo City got a surprise of water and baby food.  She's been housing relatives whose homes were destroyed in Saturday's tornado, and resources have been stretched thin.  "We were calling around today trying to find some help, they kept telling us there's really none out there," she says, thankful for the donation.

The supplies came off a pickup truck from the Yazoo City Church of Christ.  Although the church lost its steeple and part of its roof in the tornado, inside it's a hub of activity.  Storm victims can grab bread, dry goods and hygiene items.  The church is also taking information from victims.  "I'm assessing their needs as you would do in a triage military battlefield on a disaster relief situation," says volunteer coordinator Pat Brock, who plans to give the data to various relief organizations.

The American Red Cross is also in disaster-stricken areas of Mississippi.  We found a Red Cross canteen out of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passing out lunch plates of red beans and rice on Pin Oak Drive in Yazoo City.  "We try to help them with hot meals, refreshments, goodies, and hopefully a little cheer," says Smitty Dedman of Pine Bluff.  "I love it.  I don't think there's anything else that could satisfy my heart."

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