Cleaning supplies sent to Houston from local schools, businesses

Published 10:23 pm Tuesday, September 19, 2017

With help from Lincoln County families, individuals, schools and businesses, a local business was able to send tons of cleaning supplies to hurricane-ravaged Houston.

Gov. Phil Bryant joined forces with MEMA and Reed’s Metals President Bernard Reed to put out the call to local schools and businesses to aid in relief and restoration across the Houston area due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

They called and Lincoln County answered.

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Bryant, Reed and local residents gathered at The Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on earlier this month to pick up cleaning supplies and other necessity items. The “brotherly love” came by the truckload.

“This was a coordinated effort we were proud to assist in. The governor and I believe it is our moral responsibility to lend a helping hand to our neighboring state of Texas,” Reed said.

Bryant worked with MEMA to coordinate relief efforts with faith-based group United Methodist Community on Relief, to begin the process of restoration once the water rescinded in affected Houston homes.

Reed’s Metals worked with local Lincoln County schools and businesses to help fill the truck with masks, gloves, mops, buckets and other necessity items. Mississippi state officials and agencies showed their support by participating in the donation drive that collected a 18-wheeler full of items. Reed’s Metals self- deployed items to the Houston area on Sept. 11.

“This was not a first-time effort that aligns with our Reeds Rescue and Relief Initiative. Since Katrina, we have donated countless food, water and other necessities to victims of natural disasters. We are happy to work with all schools, businesses, state agencies and more to help in any way we can,” Reed said.

Across the state, individuals dropped off  supplies at various Reed’s Metals location in Meridian, Tupelo, Richland and Brookhaven. While Reed has numerous big trucks, their heart showed even bigger with a successful collaborated effort for Hurricane Harvey relief.