By Jodi Marze, Lifestyles Editor
The Picayune Item
Picayune Fire Chief Keith Brown announced in an email sent out on Wednesday that a relief mission is being coordinated by the City of Picayune to send supplies to one of the generous communities that assisted Picayune post Katrina.
He said, “As you all are aware, after Katrina, we had help from all over the United States and now it is our opportunity to give back. Thirteen of our swiftwater techs from task force 1, 2 and 3 arrived in Maryland yesterday morning and I am sure they have been received with open arms.
“With that being said, the City of Picayune, Resurrection Life Ministries and Manna Ministries are teaming up with a goal of sending two 18 wheelers to the damaged area. The trucks will leave Manna Monday afternoon, November 5th, and make the long drive up. If you have anything that you would like to donate, please get it to either Manna Ministries located at 120 Street A Suite A in Picayune or any fire station in Picayune.”
The group is focusing on cases of water, cases of canned goods, cleaning supplies, generators, gas cans and small tools.
Brown continued, “We are calling the operation ‘Because We Remember.’ The community that will receive the trucks is Rockaway, New York, in Queens. It is a community of about 100,000 that sent supplies to Picayune after Katrina.”
Picayune Mayor Ed Pinero said, “During Katrina people were very kind and giving to the people of Picayune and Pearl River County. This is our opportunity to give back and let the citizens of the North East know that we remember. I encourage everyone to donate water and canned foods.”