Baton Rouge Chapter of American Red Cross sending relief to MS tornado victims

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Red Cross is lending a hand for those in need in Mississippi after an F-3 tornado ripped through Tupelo and other Mississippi towns.

An emergency response crew is headed to Tupelo, MS to help with the hundreds who were left homeless and in distress.

The Baton Rouge American Red Cross is armed with a truck that can pack up to 3,000 meals a day. Four trucks from south Louisiana will help with the relief. Their main goal is to feed the hungry.

"An emergency response vehicle can pack around 3,000 meals each day. Now, two members of the American Red Cross Baton Rouge chapter will meet up with four others in south Louisiana to help with the relief in Mississippi," said Bobbi Zaunbracher with the American Red Cross.

One of those volunteers is Vincent Gonzales from Zachary. When he worked for ExxonMobil he would try and help on his days off. He is now retired and says he will spend as much time as possible to help. He says the situation in Mississippi is just heart wrenching.

"We want to encourage everyone in Louisiana to download the (Red Cross) tornado app. It's a free app and it will warn you if you need to take cover immediately," said Bobbi Zaunbracher with the American Red Cross.

One way you can help is to text REDCROSS to 90999. A $10 donation will be made to help the victims.

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