CONCORD, Va. (WFXR) — Gleaning for the World, a non-profit organization based out of Concord, Virginia, provided aid to those affected by the recent tornado that destroyed many parts of Rolling Fork, Mississippi on Friday, March 25th.

Officials are calling this storm one of the deadliest tornados ever recorded in Mississippi. The storm left 26 individuals dead, and the death toll is likely to rise as cleanup efforts continue. According to the National Weather Service, the storm traveled 60 miles across Mississippi for nearly an hour with maximum winds of 170mph.

“With a large-scale disaster like this, there are thousands of people in distress and needing help. Our community of supporters always comes through to help those in need and I’m asking once again for your help as we collect supplies and funds for this relief effort. When we can deliver a tractor-trailer loaded with essential supplies to a community that has lost everything, it gives those residents a sense of hope for the future. Please donate if you are able,” said Gleaning’s president, Jeane Smiley-Mason.

Gleaning will be collecting disaster relief items for the thousands still in need of help from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in front of Sam’s Club in Lynchburg on Tuesday, March 28th, and Wednesday, March 29th.

The following items are being requested for relief efforts:

  • nonperishable foods
  • bottled water and sports drinks
  • hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair brushes, shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap, adult diapers, feminine supplies, etc.)
  • baby supplies (diapers, bottles, formula, rash cream, etc.)
  • pet foods and supplies
  • cleanup items (large trash bags, gloves, bleach. etc.)

Monetary donations are also being accepted online.