Volunteers answer the call for tornado victims

Volunteers answer the call for tornado victims


A dozen Pine Belt employees spent Wednesday morning manning the phone lines of WDAM’s Pine Belt Strong Telethon, which helped raise funds for residents of Hattiesburg and Petal affected by a tornado on Jan. 21.

Employees in several work groups from across the Pine Belt Division – Marketing, Customer Service, Distribution and Economic Development – answered calls from 9 to 11 a.m. on behalf of the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation.

“When the tornado moved across the Pine Belt, Mississippi Power employees and our utility brothers and sisters from four states worked tirelessly to safely get the lights turned back on,” Pine Belt Division Manager Michael Harvey said. “But today’s volunteer effort proves our commitment to this region didn’t end when the light switch was flipped. We will continue to play a part in the Pine Belt’s recovery.”

Commercial Development Representative Tomeka Durr-Wiley was one of the volunteers at the telethon. She quickly became the hero of the morning when she answered the phone and took in a donation of $25,000 from a Pass Christian native now living in New York.

“The caller told me her name was Robin Roberts, but I didn’t realize it was Robin Roberts from ‘Good Morning America’ until she gave me her address in New York,” Durr-Wiley said. “It took me a minute to regain my composure! But she couldn’t have been nicer and it’s such an incredible gesture for her to remember her friends in South Mississippi.”

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