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City of Ridgeland collecting donations for Hurricane Harvey clean-up

Donation delivery will go through the City of Pascagoula’s adopted city efforts

The City of Ridgeland seeks to encourage its citizens and community organizations to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey and associated flooding in Texas. The City of Ridgeland recently learned of the City of Pascagoula’s adoption of League City, Texas in Galveston County to aid that community in cleaning up after the flood waters subside. Pascagoula’s efforts include the collection and donation of supplies and cleaning products from their community.

Ridgeland has decided to help with this coordinated effort by one of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast cities. According to a news release from the City of Pascagoula dated August 24, 2017, the City of Pascagoula is paying the generosity forward that was extended to their community in the wake of Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago. Cities from across the nation helped citizens of Pascagoula to clean up and rebuild their lives.

“We have all been acutely aware of the damage to Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey and we wanted to help,” stated Ridgeland City Clerk Paula Tierce. “Since City of Ridgeland staff came to the aid of our Mississippi Gulf Coast neighbors after Katrina, we felt that it was appropriate to work together during this crisis and help the City of Pascagoula provide even more donated supplies for their adopted city of League City, Texas. The experience of the City of Pascagoula in working with cities during and after a disaster is invaluable and we felt that we could help in ways that are most needed by assisting them.”

The City of Ridgeland will be collecting donations at drop-off locations throughout the city. These donations will be delivered to Pascagoula on Thursday, Sept. 7 in order to be delivered along with their community’s donations to League City, Texas.

Donations requested:

  • cleaning supplies including
    • 5-gallon buckets
    • cleaning brushes
    • non-cellulose sponges
    • wipes
    • towels
    • reusable kitchen gloves
  • cleaning products including
    • liquid household cleaners
    • bleach
  • tools of all kinds
  • boots
  • bottled water
  • trash bags – heavy duty
  • work gloves
  • sanitizing wipes
  • portable generators
  • wet/dry vacs
  • dehumidifiers
  • pressure washers
  • blower fans
  • wheelbarrows
  • gift cards

Drop-off locations and hours:

  • Ridgeland City Hall, 304 Highway 51 – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • Ridgeland Police Department, 115 E. School Street – 24 hours/day including weekends
  • Ridgeland Central Station, 456 Towne Center Boulevard – 24 hours/day including weekends but please knock if outside the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ridgeland Fire Station 2, 408 Ridgeland Avenue – 24 hours/day including weekends but please knock if outside the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ridgeland Fire Station 3, 880 Rice Road – 24 hours/day including weekends but please knock if outside the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ridgeland Fire Station 4, 567 Highland Colony Parkway – 24 hours/day including weekends but please knock on the back door if outside the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Ridgeland Public Works Complex, 240 W. School Street – 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday

Donations will be accepted until 7:30 a.m. Thursday, September 7 for delivery to Pascagoula that afternoon. The City of Ridgeland wishes to recognize and express their appreciation to Lowe’s of Ridgeland located at 910 E. County Line Road for their donation of extra-large moving boxes for this effort.

Regarding other ways to help people affected Hurricane Harvey, the City of Ridgeland recommends that its citizens follow what the experts are saying to do at this time which is to donate cash to a reputable organization such as The Salvation Army or American Red Cross. Needs for donations will be long-term so saving a portion of your contributions for the months to come is also advisable.

If you have any questions regarding the City of Ridgeland’s efforts, you may contact Gilda Carter or Sandra Monohan at 601-856-7113.