Wednesday, July 30, 2014


The Mennonite volunteers have begun construction on their first house. Helping rebuild our community. #‎hope

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

OTR Makes Donation

Dustin Smith (center) with OTR makes a $5000 donation to 
WinstonStrong. (Mike Dowd on left, Hubert Yates on right)
This is OTR's 2nd donation to the cause.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Story of Progress, Inspiration, and Hope...

Not many things can turn your life upside down in a split second...but a tornado can..and did...for too many Winston Countians on April 28th, 2014. In the blink of an eye, a home was gone, a life was lost, a community severely damaged. Willie Shields (below) is one of our Winston Countians whose life was forever changed on April 28th.

Mr.Shields can recall what it sounded like that afternoon when the storm neared our community. As he looked out the front door of his sister's mobile home, he saw the sky turn black and saw the debris blowing by the front door. He heard the loud sound of items hitting the back of the mobile home and felt the sides begin to give. It was over in just a few a seconds but left rubble in its wake. His sister's mobile home was damaged, and his home was left in shambles. Mr. Shields, however, was able to give thanks that he and his sister were not harmed. The next chapter of his life had just begun.

In the aftermath of the tornado which struck our community on April 28th, many Winston Countians were left with a choice-give up or get busy. Mr. Shields chose to get busy with beginning this new chapter in life which was not chosen but which, nevertheless, is his to write. With the help of neighbors, government professionals, and WinstonSTRONG, Mr. Shields is now in his new temporary FEMA park model which will serve as his home until his new home can be rebuilt. He feels blessed to have had the support and outreach from his friends, family, and community, and his resolve to make this new chapter in his life the best that it can be serves to inspire all Winston Countians that suffered loss and heartache that good can come from difficulty and that difficulty can make us stronger.

Anyone with questions or needs related to the aftermath of the tornado on April 28th may feel free to call WinstonSTRONG case managers at 405-403-3404.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Volunteers with their leaders from First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, MS

This group of youth volunteers with their leaders from First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, MS spent the day in Louisville working with WinstonSTRONG to clean areas that were affected by April’s tornado.  After a day of working, the group donated to WinstonSTRONG all of the tools they had brought with them.  Their hope is that this contribution will enable other groups who might not have the needed equipment to come and assist in Louisville.  Thank You! To First Presbyterian Church, Charleston for your service and your gift.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

At & T Contributes to Winston Strong!!

Contributions to Winston Strong continue as C. D. Smith, Regional Director with AT&T is shown making a donation of $15,000. Thank you for your support of our community.

Friday, July 11, 2014

North American Coal/Red Hills and Liberty Mines Contribute to Winston Strong

Officials with the North American Coal Corporation's Red Hills (Ackerman) and Liberty (Kemper Co) Mines were in Louisville on Thursday to make a donation to Winston Strong! Thank you for your support!
Vern Lund of Liberty Fuels Co, Mike Dowd and Jean Harper of Winston Strong, David Liffrig of Red Hills Mine, Mayor Will Hill of Louisville, Aline Haynes of Winston Strong and Mike Thomas of North American Coal
Dowd accepts a check for $5000 from Liffrig

Thursday, July 10, 2014

City of Moss Point Contributes!!

Officials from the City of Moss Point were in Louisville on Wednesday to "Pay it Forward" for victims of April's tornado. Mayor Billy Broomfield, Police Chief Art McClung and Alderman at Large Houston Cunningham were at Louisville City Hall to show support for Louisville and Winston County as well as make $13,000 worth of donations.

Mayor Broomfield said officials in Moss Point wanted to know what they could do to help after learning of the April 28 tornado that tore through Louisville and Winston County.