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Thousands raised to support tornado victims in Strong Hope community

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
WESSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

More than a dozen homes were damaged and destroyed in the Strong Hope community when a mega twister recently ripped through the small community in Wesson. Tonight, there is still a major cleanup effort underway.  Patrice Clark traveled to the area for a fundraiser today aimed at helping victims pick up the pieces.

“The trailer flipped in the air three times and a beam fell on my back,” said Tornado victim Lee McPherson.

Lee McPherson has fractured spine and pelvis after a tornado hit her home destroying it in Strong Hope. She is one of many recovering and cleaning up the mess Mother Nature left behind.

“From what I understand, at least 10 people lost their homes and several others had structural damage,” said event organizer Jennifer Martin.

  Saturday, the community showed just how strong it is. They pulled together to provide hope and help to those who needed it the most.

“I did lose my home in Hurricane Katrina years ago, and Strong Hope stepped up and there was nothing that we needed, nothing that we wanted. They were here for us,” said event organizer Tiffany Martin.

Nearly $7,000 was raised and all from citizens digging deep in their pockets to give. Some supports even came from as far away as Pass Christian, MS.

“Anything, anything can help. Anything as simple as coming to buy a plate, just help with donations, just to help people who lost everything” said Lisa Harvey.

“Yes, every dollar is going to help. Insurance is not going to cover everything and the most important thing is helping these families,” said Martin.

This helping hand of love is just what folks like Lee McPherson said they will never forget.

“Because it helps me get through the tough times I have been through and still going through. It is good support for everybody,” McPherson said. 

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