September 7, 2022
Submitted by Laura O’Neill
Pearl River Community College knows what it is like for a natural disaster to wreak havoc for days and weeks. The college has benefited from neighboring communities coming to its aid in the past. Now they are paying it forward to support the Jackson community.
In coordination with the City of Jackson, the college launched a water drive on September 6. The drive will aid Jackson residents as they recover from the water crisis brought to a head by the Pearl River flooding. While water pressure has been restored and toilets can yet again be flushed, residents are still under a boil advisory with no definitive date for when the water will be safe for drinking.
“We have received help after storms or other natural disasters and want to do what we can to assist our neighbors in Jackson,” said Vice President Poplarville Campus and Student Services, Jeff Long.
Donations can be dropped off at the Receiving Warehouse on the Poplarville campus between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The drive is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, September 13 during a free America’s Got Talent Tailgate Watch Party to cheer on Chapel Hart as they compete in the finals. Pearl River encourages all Watch Party attendees to bring a donation with them to Dobie Holden Stadium.
All collected water will then be delivered to a designated donation site in Jackson the next day.