Ascension Parish leaves to donate supplies to tornado victims

ASCENSION PARISH — A team from Ascension Parish left Tuesday morning to deliver critical supplies to victims impacted by a tornado that hit Mississippi and Alabama last month.

The team is heading to Rolling Fork, Mississippi. At least 25 people were killed as the mile-wide tornado ravaged the small, rural town.

“Whenever there is a loss of life, whenever there is that kind of destruction, we want to do our part to help,” Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said.

Last week, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ascension Parish government leaders and Volunteer Ascension collected supplies from the community. Those supplies will help tornado victims as they recover from the deadly storm.

“This is one of those rare opportunities where we get to go out, out of Ascension Parish and into another state and really help some folks in need,” Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment said. “It’s a real special day for us to be able to go out and do that. We’re always ascending here in Ascension Parish. We’re always looking for what we can do to help other communities and lead by example.”

The team will also provide meals to families over the next several days.

“We know they would do it for us if we were in need,” Webre said. “It’s important that we go out and help other communities because other communities will come here in a big way to help us in our need.”

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