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SMITH COLUMN: MSU devotes time, effort to help need

May 3, 2014


The people of Mississippi know and understand how to step up to the plate when it comes to helping someone who is in need.
It has been a very difficult time for our state with the destructive tornadoes that hit Louisville in Winston County, Tupelo in Lee County, part of Lowndes County and other areas last Monday.
As has been the case in the past, there has not been a shortage of generosity shown in situations such as this.
Assistance this week has come from many places, but it was good to see the Mississippi State athletic department take an active role in the relief effort.
While walking up the hill to attend Wednesday night's baseball game between MSU and Jacksonville State, it was impressive to see and hard not to notice all of the tents located to the right of the Palmeiro Center. The tents were a part of a relief center and shelter so first responders would have a place to stay.
The relief center is being coordinated by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
Bulldog baseball players were front and center in the construction effort despite being right in the middle of their season with some very important games coming up. There are also exams to consider.
The football, softball, volleyball and soccer players were also involved in setting up tents. Several teams are making plans to get involved in other areas around the state.

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