Columbia Strong helps South Carolina flood victims

COLUMBIA – Columbia Strong and KLLM Trucking are teaming up – along with support from Columbia residents Danon Jones Vest and Carlton Thornhill – to send relief supplies to those affected in their sister city, Columbia, South Carolina, in the wake of the devastating flooding there.

“When tragedy strikes, it is import for communities to come together and serve those who are in need,” said Nik Ingram of Columbia Strong. “It is an honor for Columbia, MS to help our sister city Columbia, SC as they work to recover.”

Columbia Strong, a Columbia-based non-profit volunteer organization, began with a grassroots effort born from response need in the aftermath of an EF-3 tornado that ripped through Columbia on December 23, 2014, claiming lives, devastating homes and businesses, and affecting families that holiday season. Columbia, South Carolina responded after the Mississippi storm, and now the Mississippi group is returning that help.

KLLM, a Jackson-based transportation services provider owned by Duff Brothers Capital of Columbia, MS, committed to furnish a KLLM truck/trailer for delivery with the capability of hauling 45,000 pounds of relief supplies for the 626 mile haul to Columbia, SC. to help local residents waiting on them.

Tommy Duff said he and his brother Jim are glad to be able to provide help to Columbia Strong.

“Many volunteers from surrounding states helped us when we were hit by the tornado and we are just thankful that we can play a small part in helping the people of Columbia, South Carolina through this disaster,” he said.

Both organizations are asking Columbia residents to fill the truck with supplies this weekend, with specific needs being bottled water. Columbia Strong and KLLM will be on location at the Walmart in Columbia, MS beginning at 9am Saturday, October 10th, until Sunday, October 11th departing at 6pm. The KLLM delivery is expected to arrive in Columbia, SC on Tuesday October 13th at 1pm to help to health and hospital organizations, staff and their families affected in Columbia, SC.

For 50 years, KLLM’s refrigerated fleet has been transporting perishable commodities and is ranked the number two temperature controlled carrier in the nation. KLLM offers OTR, regional and dedicated services to a major portion of 48 states and Mexico on a daily basis.

For more information about Columbia Strong and KLLM visit columbiastrong.org and kllm.com.

Source: Hattiesburg American – http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/story/news/2015/10/10/columbia-strong-helps-south-carolina-flood-victims/73716708/