MADISON, MS (WLBT)- In Madison, some familiar faces from Y101 hoped to fill an 18-wheeler with water and toiletries by Sunday afternoon. Carson was there on Saturday, along with Nate and Murphy of the Morning Showgram. "We're loading up this tractor trailer donated by First Class Linen, as you can see it's pretty full. Bottled water is what we're looking for. Also hygiene, toothpaste and toothbrushes," Tim Murphy says. " In talking to a lot of people affected by tornadoes in the past, they say just a clean toothbrush, toothpaste, meant the world to us when our home was destroyed, whatever the case may be."
The supplies will be driven to devastated parts of the southeast. On Wednesday, an EF-5 tornado with 205 mile per hour winds hit the small town of Smithville in Monroe County in Mississippi. At least 14 people were killed.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama has widespread devastation. Across Alabama, the death toll had reached 249 Saturday afternoon. Survivors will need all the basics they can get.
Tricia McCarty of Madison is doing her part, dropping off bottled water. "Just to help those in need. I can't imagine what they're going through. The water was easy," she said.
Another truck in Pearl was also flanked by radio personalities, from U.S. 96.3. "Mostly bottled water, baby supplies. We're not looking for clothes, water is the biggie. From what we understand a lot of water treatment plants have been destroyed," said Fisher Alexander. "Powder formula, bottles, diapers of all sizes, even baby food itself."
They're getting help from Americorps volunteers from Piney Woods and McLauren schools. "Community service, giving back to the community," said Jeffrey Burgess, Piney Woods student and Americorps volunteer. "I shouldn't sit back at home while other people are... I'm living good, have a house, shelter, food, other people are struggling because they lost everything."
A third truck is set up in front of the Flowood Chamber of Commerce. Trucks will take donations until Sunday afternoon around 3 PM.
Along with individual donations, businesses have donated pallets of water for the effort.
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