Group seeks donations for tornado victims in Holly Springs

From staff and press reports

Neighbors helping neighbors in need — that’s the message WinstonStrong, Winston County officials and City of Louisville officials wish to deliver.

Under the auspice of WinstonStrong, city and county leaders have setup a collection effort to send needed items to the relief efforts in Holly Springs.

“Mississippians step up and help each other,” Mike Dowd of WinstonStrong said. “They proved after the April 28, 2014 tornado.”

The collection site is the Louisville Fire Department at 304 South Spring Street. The deadline for dropping off items for shipping is January 6, 2016. They are aiming to collect: bottled water, gallon water, paper goods, cleaning supplies, nonperishable canned or boxed goods, pet food, diapers, bedding, towels and bath cloths, toiletries, new socks and underwear, and flashlights and batteries.

At last count, the official death toll from last week’s tornado totaled 10. The twister, which cut a wide path of destruction in the Holly Springs area, might have been on the longest track of any tornado in Mid-South history in the month of December. Unstable warm humid air collided with a cool front behind it to spawn the EF4 tornado the same size tornado that struck Winston County in April 2014.

Last Wednesday, the storm formed just south of Clarksdale in Coahoma County and moved northeast across the state. Along its route, the category EF4 tornado’s 200 to 260 mph winds briefly touched down 12 miles west of Holly Springs where it did substantial damage to homes, farms, and at least two churches located at 5509 Highway 4.

“We want to be good neighbors and do what’s right for all,” Dowd said.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann also urged Mississippians to donate online at for the relief efforts.

For more information on the local relief efforts call Mellie at the Winston County Chamber of Commerce at 662-773-3921.