Mansion, other Homes Ripped Apart by McNeill Tornado, Volunteers Overwhelm with Donations

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photoFor sections of tornado-torn McNeill, Mississippi, it’s an uphill battle, but residents there are helping victims in the fight with an eye-popping amount of donations following a storm that hit homes big and small.

Citizens inside the McNeill Volunteer Fire Department were the first responders Thursday, continuing to inundate the space with goods for residents who lost everything when a Christmas day tornado tore through their town.

“There’s no word for it. It’s overwhelming,” said an organizer.

There are so many donations coming into the fire station that volunteers had to move their operation to a nearby school gymnasium where bleachers became packed with trash bags of clothes and other goods.

The E-F3 twister injured eight and chopped up some 20 homes Tuesday, and the damage included properties big and small.

Cindy Williams said she huddled inside her laundry room with her daughter in-law and two small grandchildren as the tornado blew out windows, shredded sheetrock and knocked down walls of her colossal five-bed room mansion on a hill off of Highway 11.

“My husband let me build my dream home, but you know, it’s just a house,” Williams said through tears.

There were no injuries to anyone inside the house during the storm.

Volunteers at the McNeill Fire Department say they no longer need clothes donated, but they’re asking for non-perishable items.

Call them at (601)798-7065.

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