The city of Tupelo, Mississippi, the birthplace of Elvis Presley, was hit hard by a tornado on Monday, April 28th, 2014.
There is massive damage to certain parts of Tupelo, people lost their homes and several businesses were destroyed. The area around the Barnes Crossing Mall was hit the hardest by the tornado. The Mall didn't receive any damage, but did lose electricity. Outback Steakhouse, a Sleep- Inn Motel, Vanelli's Restaurant - a Mississippi tradition since 1975, and a Shell gas station are some of the places destroyed.
Elvis Presley's Birthplace, is still standing, as it remained safe and did not receive any damage from the tornado. Other Elvis-related landmarks such as Tupelo Hardware and Lyric Theater were also untouched from the tornado.
Gov. Phil Bryant visited Tupelo Tuesday, April 29th.
"This will be a prolonged effort,” Bryant said of the recovery. "This will not be just days or weeks. This will take months to get this over with."
Following in the footsteps of Elvis who embraced a variety of charitable causes and always believed in helping those in need, the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation is making a donation to the American Red Cross and Elvis fans can do the same by donating at this link.
Please keep the people of Tupelo in your thoughts and prayers. They have a long road to recovery.