A severe weather system moved across the state on January 21, 2017, generating tornadoes in the Pine Belt region - specifically Forrest, Lamar, and Perry Counties - that killed four people and injured more, damaging hundreds of homes in the region.

In times like these, Mississippians historically come together to aid their neighbors, friends, and families of those affected by such natural disasters. Your help, whether monetary or physical, is greatly appreciated in this time of loss.


Ways You Can Help:

The Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation

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The PineBelt Community Foundation is partnering with R3SM (Restore Recover and Rebuild Southeast MS), who will work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to provide case workers and case investigators to help those in who will have long-term recovery needs. Any monies raised will help victims in the Pine Belt area with long-term recovery needs.

Click Here to Learn More About R3SM - Restore Recover and Rebuild Southeast MS

The PineBelt Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 that was established in 1997. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Click Here For More Information About The Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation



William Carey University

william carey logoWilliam Carey University's campus was hit very hard by tornadoes over the weekend. Nearly every building on campus was damaged, with some receiving extensive damage.

At this time the physical needs of students have been met, but financial assistance is needed.

Click Here to Make a Donation Online

Donations for students should be marked as "Student Tornado Relief." Donations for recovery efforts should be marked "Tornado Damage Fund."

Click Here to View Photos of the Damage at William Carey University



Salvation Army

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The Hattiesburg Salvation Army campus was extensively damaged during the storm, but is still providing relief to victims.

  • Click Here to Donate Online
  • Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate ‘January Tornado Outbreak' on all checks
  • Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

Click Here to Learn More



United Way of Southeast Mississippi

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  • To donate, mail a check with "tornado recovery" noted in the memo line to:
    United Way of Southeast Mississippi, 210 W. Front St., Suite 400, Hattiesburg, MS 39401





American Red Cross

red cross logoTo Donate:

  • Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
  • Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
  • Visit www.redcross.org.