World Vision Media Relations,
New York, NY (February 14, 2013) — This Valentine’s Day, World Vision is deploying thousands of relief supplies to several communities in Mississippi for tornado-impacted families. On Sunday, February 10, severe storms and a tornado struck Hattiesburg and surrounding areas, causing major damage. World Vision’s domestic disaster response team is reporting that more than 50 families were displaced or affected by the storm and at least 200 homes sustained damage.
“It’s not often our World Vision response team is called upon so early in the year,” said Phyllis Freeman, World Vision’s domestic disaster director. “In the United States, tornado season doesn’t traditionally start until March. Fortunately, World Vision is still prepared to help families and children right away, given that our team has strategically prepositioned relief supplies at key sites across the country for deployment at any time of the year.”
On Thursday, World Vision will deploy a 53-foot truck from the organization’s disaster response warehouse in the Bronx to church partners in Hattiesburg, Oakdale and Petal, Mississippi. The initial shipment will target 1,500 tornado survivors, including three pallets of food kits (720 each), hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and clothing.
“It is definitely tragic that this Valentine’s Day we’re seeing so many families who are brokenhearted by what has transpired this past week in Mississippi,” said Freeman. “It’s World Vision’s hope and prayer that these relief supplies can serve as a small reminder of God’s love and provision.”
In 2012, World Vision’s Domestic Disaster response team provided relief for more than 47,000 beneficiaries, including more than 30,000 children. Responses in the United States included tornadoes in Alabama, Missouri, Texas and Illinois as well as flooding, hurricanes and wildfires in Oklahoma, New Mexico and the Gulf Coast.
World Vision has been working in the New York area since just after September 11, 2001. Just last year, approximately 475,000 people benefitted from the Christian organization’s services.
The public can help by visiting www.worldvision.org/GIVEUSA or by texting "GIVEUSA" to 777444 to make a $10 donation to World Vision's disaster response.
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