In response to the devastation Hurricane Laura has caused, the Gulfport Police Department is departing Monday to bring relief to the category four storm’s victims.
Along with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Gulfport police will travel to the area to cook for the first responders helping bring aid and relief to those impacted by Laura.
For this initial visit, Harrison County law enforcement is asking for personal hygiene donations as well as cleaning supplies. Donations can be dropped off at the Gulfport Central Fire Station and the Harrison County Work Center.
This could be the first of several trips made by Harrison County law enforcement to impacted areas. Gulfport Police Deputy Chief Chris Ryle said, “This first trip we’re looking, we’re leaving Monday morning early. We’ll come back either Wednesday or Thursday, but while we’re down there, we’ll do an assessment of needs and based on those needs we may send another contingency down within the next week to help out. It’s just demoralization. Going through something that tragic, it just demoralizes you. And, you know, with our experience and going through it, maybe we can just lift them up a little bit and let them know it will get better because it has gotten better for us.”
Monetary donations can also be made to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Hurricane Laura Relief fund linked on the community foundation’s website.