Residents interested in helping with the pandemic, February flooding and April tornadoes can now give to a new state-designated fund.
The Mississippi Official Disaster Fund has been set up, through the efforts of the state Commission for Volunteer Services and the Community Foundation of Greater Mississippi.
“I know there are many places you may choose to donate to help Mississippians. This is one we have identified as state official disaster fund,” said Gov. Tate Reeves at a April 22 press conference. “And we believe it can be a great impact. If you’re willing and able, urge you to consider making a donation today.”
He said all funds donated to the group will to aid organizations with boots on the ground in the state.
“The goal is to direct resources to those places that need it most. By giving to the fund, resources will be pushed to the hardest-hit areas, quickly and efficiently,” he said.
Meanwhile, Reeves commended residents for continuing to help flatten the coronavirus curve.
“Some national experts (predicted) we would need about 4,000 hospital beds this week. Instead, we’re using less than 400. That is because your efforts are having an incredible impact. What you are doing as Mississippians to protect yourselves and your neighbors is making difference."
As of April 21, the state has 4,894 reported cases, including 193 deaths. Broken down by race, 2,582 cases have been reported in the African-American community and 1,663 have been reported among Caucasians, 420 have been reported among other races. Nearly 230 cases were still under investigation.
For more information about the Mississippi Official Disaster Fund, log onto formissisippi.org and click on response and recovery now button.