Community rallies support for tornado victims - how to help

Published on Monday, 1 May 2017 12:23 - Written by CARLINA VILLALPANDO,

By Sunday morning many East Texans were looking for ways to help tornado victims, from collecting and donating water, to sending meals to badly hit areas.

Representatives with the Salvation Army were stationed at the Canton ISD Junior High, where they served meals to first responders.

Brookshire’s gave away cases of water and bags of ice at Brookshire’s Food Store in Canton, 880 E. Texas Highway 243, to anyone in need while supplies lasted.

U-Haul Company of East Dallas is helping by offering 30 days of free self-storage and container storage to those impacted by storms. The company advised residents needing assistance to contact U-Haul Moving & Storage of

Rose City in Tyler or U-Haul Moving & Storage of Longview to make arrangements.

Disaster response officials continued to urge people to stay away from the areas impacted by tornadoes while search and rescue efforts continue and workers repair downed power lines.

Although volunteers are not yet needed at this time, there are several ways people can help:

• Christus Trinity Mother Frances HealthPark - Lindale set up a donation site to receive materials for those affected by the storm, including water, tarps and plastic bins.

• The Van Zandt County Fire Marshal/Emergency Management said on its Facebook page water donations were being accepted at the Champion EMS station, 101 Industrial Blvd., in Canton (behind the Canton Fire Department on Texas Highway 19).

• Donations can be made to the American Red Cross Serving East Texas Disaster relief at 1-800-RED-CROSS

• Verizon Wireless is set up in the Canton ISD parking lot, 1045 S. Buffalo St., to offer  a free charging station on Monday. The spot will offer free charging, free calls and free WiFi all day to residents regardless of phone carrier. 


• East Texas Tornado Relief Facebook page: 

• City of Canton Fire and rescue page:  

• City of Emory page:  

• Nicolas Pet Haven: