"It was a genuine sign of good-heartedness," said Calhoun Commission President Larry McCallister, Calhoun residents reaching out to help flood and hurricane victims.

The commission heard a report Thursday on Operation Neighbor relief efforts directed to the upper West Fork following a flash flood and residents of Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina.

Calhoun citizens donated $6,861.30 in cash for the relief efforts, of which $4,967.32 went to the Louisiana effort and $2,000 cash went to assist residents in Washington District.

The commission also approved the use of taxpayer money to assist upper West Fork flood relief, including $2,500 to replace appliances at the Upper West Fork Park building and pay for a large dumpster to collect damaged materials, estimated cost of $1,000, a total of $5,500 for flash flood problems in Washington District.

Between $10,000-$15,000 in donated food and other items were delivered to Mississippi residents by the county's three commissioners.

County residents have received a note of thanks from Ellisville, Mississippi, expressing gratitude during a most difficult time.

Churches, groups and individuals have also given assistance to upper West Fork residents, and other Calhouners have been generous to help hurricane victims through other avenues.

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