(Brookhaven, Miss.) – The governor of Mississippi joined forces with MEMA, Reed’s Metals President Bernard Reed, local schools and businesses to aid in relief and restoration across the Houston area due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Gov. Phil Bryant, Reed and local residents gathered at The Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson on Friday, Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. to pick-up cleaning supplies and other necessity items.
A spokesman confirmed that Gov. Phil Bryant worked with MEMA to coordinate relief efforts with a faith-based group (UMCOR), United Methodist Community on Relief, to begin the process of restoration once the water rescinded in affected Houston homes.
"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.
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 Monday, 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 of Mississippi, individuals dropped-off 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.