UPDATE:It looks like the relief effort is pretty much over at this point, and finding ways to help is becoming very difficult. The community responded quickly and friends from all over the country joined in the efforts. It looks like the area is eager to rebuild what was lost and get back to some semblance of normalcy. Thanks to all who responded.

UPDATE:Thrive has been working in the Denmark/Huntersville area for the past week. Sunday afternoon we will be sending crews to a number of other sites in the greater Jackson area. Email for specific items we are needing to be donated.

UPDATE: You can see the latest official recovery information from Union at

UPDATE:Thrive’s Wednesday services will proceed as scheduled.

UPDATE: You can see the latest official emergency information from Union at

UPDATE: Right now, the Red Cross is saying that money, food and hygiene products are what is needed, but have not indicated how to handle funds. However, our church’s policy on things like this is to make checks payable to “Thrive Church”, and BE SURE to put “Jackson Tornado Relief” in the memo. We can then send money in bulk once the proper funding route is found.


Jackson was hit pretty hard by a Tornado last night that mostly affected the area near 45-Bypass and Oilwell Road. Union University was hit pretty hard. So far, there have been some injuries (some serious), but praise God no fatalities.

Thrive Church extends its deepest regards to the students and their families, who no doubt are under some serious stress at the moment. We also want to help any way that we can. I am offering Thrive’s assistance to Union and the surrounding neighborhoods.

As a church, we can help with cleanup and with housing. We are also organizing a drive for hygiene items and food. Since God has blessed us with this great big building, I think we should also offer it as a place to store donations from anyone else who would want to offer aid to this affected by this storm. We have already contacted the Red-Cross to see how we can be of assistance, including putting together a work team.

Thrive, let’s make difference.

P.S. Wednesday services will proceed as scheduled.