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Local organizations deploy to Mississippi following destructive tornado

Mercy Chefs and Operation Blessing set off to Rolling Fork, Mississippi after the small town was decimated by a tornado Friday night.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Two Hampton-Roads organizations are going to Rolling Fork, Mississippi after the small town was decimated by a tornado Friday night. 

The tornado devastated a swath of Rolling Fork, reducing homes to rubble, flipping cars on their sides and toppling the town's water tower, the Associated Press reports. In Mississippi, at least 25 people were killed in the storms.

Workers with the Portsmouth-based Mercy Chefs are planning to serve thousands of meals to the community daily using its mobile kitchen, refrigerated truck and supporting vehicles.

The meals will be served out of Sharkey-Issaquena Academy in Rolling Fork, but the Mercy Chefs team members will also deliver meals throughout the area.

Additionally, Virginia Beach-based Operation Blessing also deployed to the tornado-struck town. The organization deployed a trailer truckload of emergency relief supplies including bottled water, emergency disaster relief kits and emergency meals. 

Operation Blessing will drop off supplies at Bethel Church in Amory, Mississippi.

“Please join us in keeping this precious small town and all those affected in the tornado’s very wide track in your prayers,” Mercy Chefs Founder and CEO Gary LeBlanc wrote in a news release. “The Rolling Fork community is suffering, and Mercy Chefs will be here to offer meals, hope and support.” 

If you want to help, you can contribute to the Mercy Chefs' effort by donating here. You can donate to Operation Blessing by clicking here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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