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Updated: 5/08/2014 12:10 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Several people and organizations have offered their services or funds to help residents throughout Mississippi affected by the severe weather.

Winston County

Volunteer: A volunteer reception center will also be open at noon Thursday in the parking lot of the Louisville Coliseum, located at 201 Ivy Ave. Those wishing to volunteer are asked to come to the reception center to register.

Donate: A donations warehouse is set up at the Louisville/Winston County Coliseum, 201 Ivy Ave, Louisville, MS 39339. Officials can be reached there at 662-773-7896.

In Winston County, donations for residents in the Noxapater/Platsburg area are being accepted at the Noxapater Fire Department. They are looking for non-perishable food items, water, toiletries and school supplies. The fire department is located at 131 West Main Street in Noxapater and can be reached at 662-724-2697.

Get Help: The American Red Cross says the First Baptist Church in Louisville remains open to provide a safe place to stay and warm food to eat.

An emergency aid station is open through the American Red Cross in Louisville at the Center Ridge Baptist Church located at 4019 Highway 15 South.

FEMA is offering services to families at the Georgia Pacific site in Louisville located at 826 South Church Avenue. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lee County

All individual and group volunteers are asked to register at the Tupelo Convention and Visitor's Bureau for important volunteer information. County officials say registration is necessary to see that the needs of storm recovery are met across the county. The CVB is located at 399 West Main Street.

Volunteer: United Way of Northeast Mississippi will be set up at the Tupelo Convention and Visitor’s Bureau as a check-in point for all volunteers and volunteer groups each weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers will be deployed to areas with the most need. The United Way will collect basic information, provide important volunteer related information and issue wrist bands to all volunteers so that workers and law enforcement personnel will be able to identify those who participate as volunteers.

Donate: Lee County officials say the Resource Center at the Lanier Building, located at 1031 South Green Street, is accepting donations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Donations can be coordinated through the hotline at 662-871-2819.

The United Way branch in Tupelo is accepting donations of non-perishable food items and cleaning supplies at the Hunter-Sadler Building, 1031 South Green Street. The site is managed by Lee County and staffed mainly by the United Way volunteers. They will be open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Donations can be coordinated through the donation hotline 662-871-2819. Individuals in need of supplies may also call 662-871-2819.

Salvation Army has a donation site at the Tupelo Furniture Market, Building 5 by the loading docks. They are accepting furniture, household items, water and snack donations that they are distributing. Anyone wanting to donate after hours or who needs something picked up can call Melissa or Megan at 842-4442. Employees say they will work it out.

The CREATE Foundation says they have also established the "North Mississippi Tornado Relief Fund." The foundation says they will match donations up to $25,000. Renasant Bank and BancorpSouth have offered to match the fund up to $10,000.

Get Help: Food, clothing and hygiene supplies are available through the Salvation Army. For these items go to 527 Carnation Street or the Disaster Recovery Center set up at 320 Court Street in Tupelo. The Disaster Recovery Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday until further notice.

The American Red Cross says the Bancorp South Center in Tupelo remains open to provide a safe place to stay and warm food to eat. It will close at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 8.

FEMA has One Stop Shops for those affected by the storms at the Old Tupelo Water and Light Building located at 320 Court Street. The station is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The U-Haul Company of Mississippi is offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box Portable Moving and Self-Storage Pods to Mississippi residents affected by severe weather.

Itawamba County

Donate: The Fulton mayor's office says donations drinks, toiletries, cleaning supplies and other products can be taken to the Fulton City Hall. For more information call the city hall at 662-862-4929.

Itawamba County Disaster relief stations are set up at the Houston Community Center and Ratliff Community Center. Donations are also being accepted there, according to United Way of Northeast Mississippi.

A donation drop off has been set up in Itawamba County at the Old Centerville Store across from the Centerville Baptist Church. Donations can be taken there from 8 a.m. til 4 p.m. They are asking people to drop off water, sports drinks, snack food, toiletries and garbage bags. The donations will be used to help victims along with workers and volunteers helping with the cleanup efforts from Monday's storms. Donations are also being accepted at the Community Center around the corner from the church.

Get Help: FEMA also has a location at the Mantachie Convention Center, which is located at 265 Tishtontee Drive in Mantachie. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lowndes County

Get Help: A FEMA "One Stop Shop" for those affected by the storms is located at the New Hope Convention Center at 381 Stadium Road in Columbus. FEMA has another station set up at the East Columbus Gym located at 222 Lawrence Drive in Columbus. Both sites are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Homeowners needing information on disaster recovery can also go to a website prepared by the Mississippi State University Extension Services. Topics on the website include: clean up and repairs, lawns, crops, food and water, family concerns, money and finances, pets or livestock, wildlife and more. For more information contact your local Extension Office. Residents in Lee County can call 841-9000.

Donations can also be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help those affected by the disasters. Donations can be made at They can also be made by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation.

We will update this list as we are notified of other volunteer efforts and important information.
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