An EF-3 tornado tore through Hattiesburg on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, taking four lives and leaving several others without homes.
In its aftermath, people came together in many ways to help rebuild the city and neighboring cities. Just the Crumbs, a local non-profit ministry came within the first week of the storm and has been in Hattiesburg for over seven weeks feeding residents, workers, and anyone who needs something to eat.
Don Smith, is on the Board of Directors for the NPO. They travel to cities all over the southeast to assist people in need.
“My brother-in-law, Lavon Haden, when the storm hit Columbia last Christmas, went in on Christmas Eve Day with a hotdog cart and 50 hotdogs. He sat beside the road and before lunch, people who’d come by and saw him, brought grills and cookers and they served 500 people that day.”
The ministry will remain in Hattiesburg if they are able to sustain providing food for the locals. They are strictly donation based and as such, are maintained strictly by local volunteers and food donations.
“In Denham Springs, we stayed about five months. We normally come in and set up operations about a week and a half to two weeks after the storm,” Smith said.
“Lavon Believes this is the ministry the Lord has for him,” said Don Smith. “I do too. We love to help people.”