Scott County, reminded of Katrina, pays it forward

The scars of Hurricane Katrina were brought to memory with the arrival of Hurricane Harvey in Texas last week and multiple groups in Scott County immediately began collecting items to transport to Texas. Some organizations concluded their collection operations over the weekend while some will continue into this week. Among those known to have been collecting donations of toiletries, water, and non-perishable foods are the Morton Police Department, Forest Police Department, ADD Trucking in Sebastopol, Future Farmers of America in Forest, and Cub Scouts Pack 63 in Forest.

Common items requested by the various organizations were/are bottled water, diapers, baby formula, hydrogen peroxide, latex gloves, trash bags, paper towels, baby bottles, blankets, toothpaste, toilet paper, and canned foods.
Some groups are transporting additional items that are unique to their collection list. ADD Trucking is accepting socks, shoes, phone chargers, and pet food. Cub Scouts Pack 63 and FFA are accepting money donations which will go to the purchase of additional needed items for their shipments. FFA is also accepting bath soap, hand sanitizer, flashlights, batteries, sandwich bags, scissors, can openers, insect repellent, bandages, and sippy cups.
The MPD forwarded a statement from Chief Nicky Crapps which read, “The Morton Police Dept. would like to take this time to thank the local citizens of Morton, for donating varies items to help the people in Texas in their time of need. I understand how devastating going through the storm must have been. Our police department was very touched by what we have seen on the news and just wanted to lend a helping hand. So we decided to partner up with Madison County in taking donations. The whole department came together to work on this. Although we were not there our hearts and prayers are with them. No one knows when trouble or even a storm may hit any of us, but one thing is for sure that we are a small town, but we have a heart of gold. Again we really appreciate how everyone has come together to help in giving the people in Texas some kind of assistant.”
Chief Administrator with MPD, Janiece Odom added that they are not accepting donations of clothing or toys.
Morton PD transported their goods Friday morning. ADD Trucking planned to ship their load on Monday or Tuesday to Beaumont, Texas where there is a staging area.
ADD’s Safety Coordinator, Eric Adcock said, “We’ve got available equipment and we’re trying to get some help down there.”
Forest PD will be transporting their goods to Pine Belt Baptist Association in Hattiesburg on Thursday, September 7, and the donations will then be forwarded to Texas.
Donations for the Cub Scouts Pack 63 are being accepted at the gray Medical Records trailer at Lackey Memorial Hospital between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Their cut-off date is Friday, September 8 at 12 noon.
Donations for the FFA can be delivered to the front office of the Career and Technology Center on the Forest High School campus. Donations will be accepted until 12 noon on Thursday, September 7.
The Scott County FFA are pairing with the West Lauderdale FFA for this donation delivery, organized by West Lauderdale agriculture teacher, Danny Johnson.
FFA advisor and Forest agriculture teacher, Amanda Havard said, “All of the agriculture students are bringing things — we have students from all five schools in the county at the center.”
Fellow FFA advisor and agriculture teacher, Mika Beatty spoke of her memory of Katrina, saying, “It brings Katrina back to mind, and everything we went throught.”
Havard recalled Katrina’s aftermath, saying, “I was in high school when Katrina came through, and when that happened, the whole community came together.”