Columbus Tornado Relief All About Community

Columbus, MS (February 28, 2019)— Immediately after an EF-3 tornado struck the small town of Columbus—known as “The Friendly City”—  on Saturday, February 23, 2019, The Salvation Army has been serving and partnering with community groups and businesses to bring as much help as possible to those in need. The Community Benefit Committee, a local volunteer group made up of community leaders in Columbus, approached The Salvation Army early on about working together and a fruitful relationship was born. “The Salvation Army’s values are so close to ours, so who better to work with,” said Rhonda Sanders, Columbus police officer and one of the chief coordinators of The Community Benefit Committee.

Columbus Salvation Army Corps Officer, Lt. Christian Smith, says the partnership has been a blessed experience all around. “We recognize the needs for the community will be ongoing and are grateful for all partnerships and the donations which have been provided thus far. It is heartwarming to see how everyone has come together to serve those who have been affected. It’s pretty much like providing a big group hug,” said Lt. Smith.

To date, The Salvation Army has distributed the following tornado relief items to the Columbus community: 2,480 meals, 2,020 drinks, 820 snacks, 400 comfort/hygiene kits, 160 tarps, 100 blankets, and 200 pillows. To donate to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, go to .

Columbus Tornado Service Continues

Columbus, MS tornado damage

Columbus, MS (February 25, 2019)— The Salvation Army of Columbus, Mississippi has been busily serving the community after a tornado ripped through downtown Columbus early Saturday evening, causing one fatality and significant damage. After initially distributing 120 bottles of water and snacks to emergency responders in the hours immediately following the storm, The Salvation Army is now distributing relief items from a community parking lot next to Carter’s Funeral Home, located at 602 14th Street North, Columbus. “We are going to be out and about until everybody’s power is back on, until they’ve gotten a chance to get some new groceries,” said  Lieutenant Christian Smith, Columbus Salvation Army Corps Officer.

On Sunday, The Salvation Army of Columbus distributed 200 kits of relief items including snacks, water and blankets, and partnered with local restaurant, Farmstead, to distribute 50 meals. Today, The Salvation Army will be partnering with local grocery store, Food Giant, to provide hot meals at noon from the Carter’s Funeral Home location, distributing more relief kits, and distributing tarps donated by Lowe’s.

Donations to the relief effort can be made at

Columbus Tornado: Serving After The Storm


tornado damage house in Columbus, MS

Columbus, MS (February 24, 2019)— The Salvation Army of Columbus, Mississippi distributed water and snacks to emergency responders after a tornado ripped through the town around 5:00 pm Saturday evening. “We gave them enough for their crews and an emergency shelter they were setting up,” said Lt. Christian Smith, Columbus Salvation Army Corps Officer. The snacks and water provided was enough for about 120 people. The storm caused one confirmed fatality and significant damage to the downtown area.

The Salvation Army is continuing to monitor the situation and preparing to respond further as needs are assessed. Bill Feist, Divisional Disaster Liaison for The Salvation Army Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division, has a seat representing The Salvation Army at the State Emergency Operations Center in Pearl to learn the extent of the damage and how The Salvation Army can provide further assistance.

Donations to the relief effort can be made at .