Kemper employees collect donations for tornado victims

By Jeff Shepard

Employees at Mississippi Power’s currently under construction Kemper Co. energy facility near De Kalb have gotten involved in the tornado recovery efforts.
At the plant’s May safety meeting a few days after the tornado devastated the Louisville area, a hat was passed around and $1,600 was donated.
On May 20, Tripp Ward, chemical products analyst at Kemper and fundraiser organizer, delivered the donation to a pair of employees at the Red Hills plant who lost their homes in Louisville.

Tripp Ward (left) and Emmanual Gatling (right), from the Kemper Co. energy facility, drop off a donation to Brian.

Tripp Ward (left) and Emmanual Gatling (right), from the Kemper Co. energy facility, drop off a donation to Brian.

Officer James Buckley (left), Officer Jammie Horne (center) and Capt. Robert Smith (right) unload tornado relief

Officer James Buckley (left), Officer Jammie Horne (center) and Capt. Robert Smith (right) unload tornado relief

“The support from our employees has been unbelievable,” Ward said. “This is just another example of how supportive this team is of their community in a time of need.”
At the entrance gates to the plant, several security guards that live in Louisville organized another collection.
“Captain Robert Smith had the idea that his security force could show their appreciation and compassion for the tornado victims by donating some needed items,” Drew Hunt, security coordinator, said.
Employees from Total Protection Services and the plant’s security officers raised more than $400 and used the money to purchase water, food, paper towels and other personal items.
The supplies were delivered to the Louisville relief effort in mid-May.