Gov. Haley Barbour today announced the Mississippi Disaster Recovery Fund Inc. is accepting donations to help communities recovering from the April 15 and April 27 storms and those in the path of the floods from the Mississippi River.

Anyone who would like to contribute can donate either through the web site,, or text "MS" to "27722" to give $10 to the Mississippi Disaster Recovery Fund. Donors also can send a check to the Mississippi Disaster Recovery Fund, c/o BankPlus, 4450 Old Canton Road, Suite 101, Jackson, MS, 39211, or donate at any BankPlus branch.

"We have seen substantial destruction across many parts of our state," Gov. Barbour said. "There are many Mississippians who must now begin rebuilding their homes and businesses. I know there are many generous people, who would like to help, and this fund will help meet the priority needs of the communities. Mississippians also are known for their hard work and perseverance, and they will build these communities back strong."

The fund is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit corporation that will coordinate donations to aid residents recovering from the storms. The goal is to meet the needs of the impacted communities that cannot be met by the government.

"I thank BankPlus, Cellular South and the mGive Foundation for their help in collecting donations for this much-needed fund," Gov. Barbour said.

The web site also will guide visitors to volunteer opportunities through the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service.

The Disaster Recovery Fund is managed by a board made up of members from throughout the state. The board members will determine the distribution of funds to address unmet recovery needs.

For further information on the disaster, visit or