WE’VE GOT A CONVOY! Convoy of Hope organization delivers supplies to flood victims

Published 8:03 pm Friday, August 16, 2019

At 6:30 a.m. Thursday, a 53-foot 18-wheeler pulled up to the Gospel Temple MB Church on Lane Street.

It made the trek all the way from Springfield, Missouri to deliver supplies for those affected by the Yazoo Backwater flooding.

Convoy of Hope is an organization that helps in disasters. After being contacted by the church whose motto is “Save to Serve,” they delivered donations that would go to flood victims, church member Jackie Libbett said.

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“We found out about them (Convoy of Hope) during the water crisis (in 2017),” Libbett said.

Rev. Curtis Wilson from Delhi, Louisiana, made the church aware of the faith-based non-profit group.

Libbett said more recently, Convoy of Hope helped victims from the tornado that touched down in Warren County in April.

In addition to donating supplies to Warren County residents that included water, paper goods, personal hygiene product, cleaning supplies, wheelbarrows, trash bags and protective masks, donations will also go to those in Sharkey, Issaquena, Humphreys and Yazoo counties.

After the donations were removed from the truck and divided between the five counties, volunteers from the respective counties were to come to the church and pick up the supplies, Libbett said.

The United Way of West Central Mississippi picked up donations for Warren County at 2 p.m.

Heidi Burrell, who serves as the director of resource development for the United Way said the items would then be distributed to those in need.

The Donaldson Family founded Convoy of Hope in 1994. It pays tribute to all those who helped after their father was killed in a drunk driving accident in 1969. Today, more than 115 million people have been served throughout the world by the organization.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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