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Zwolle Police Department holding donation drive for Peason tornado victims

AmyGail Lightsey told KSLA News 12 that her church, Gum Springs Baptist, canceled services...
AmyGail Lightsey told KSLA News 12 that her church, Gum Springs Baptist, canceled services Sunday morning (Jan. 9, 2022) so the congregation could help residents of the tornado-stricken Peason community in eastern Sabine Parish.(Source: KSLA News 12 viewer AmyGail Lightsey)
Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 10:41 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 10, 2022 at 10:19 PM CST
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ZWOLLE, La. (KSLA) - The Zwolle Police Department is holding a donation drive benefiting victims of the tornado that damaged the small Sabine Parish community of Peason on Sunday, Jan. 9.

Six people were injured, including a family with small children. All five members of the Westfall family were hurt. Justin and Alesha and their children, 8-year-old Kaylee and 3-year-old twins Connor and Carter, all sustained what family friends are calling serious injuries.

According to a friend of the family who started a GoFundMe campaign for them, the father remains in the ICU. She says Alesha and the twins are recovering from their injuries at a family member’s home.

More specifically, Justin’s mother says he suffered a broken back, while Alesha is sore but in good spirits. One of the twins has stitches in the back of his head, while the other is okay. Kaylee has been released from the hospital with a fractured neck.

All five members of the Westfall family were injured in an EF-2 tornado that hit the community...
All five members of the Westfall family were injured in an EF-2 tornado that hit the community of Peason in Sabine Parish, La. on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.(Stormie Pilcher)
(Stormie Pilcher)
(Stormie Pilcher)
(Stormie Pilcher)

The police department posted on Facebook on Sunday evening that they will be accepting donations for the community. Those interested in donating can bring household items like water, tissues, food, etc. to the police department, located at 952 S Main St. Items such as electrical cords, fans, heaters, gloves, garbage bags and gas are also needed.

Monetary donations will also be accepted.

The Zwolle Police Department is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“Let’s come together and bless this community,” the post reads.

A GoFundMe campaign has been started for the Westfalls, the family injured in the tornado. As of the night of Jan. 10, the campaign had raised about $32,000. Click here to donate.

NOTE: KSLA makes no representations or warranties of any kind about the authenticity, accuracy, or reliability of any GoFundMe campaign. Any donations you make to such campaigns are strictly at your own risk. If you have any questions related to the authenticity, accuracy, or reliability of a GoFundMe campaign, please contact GoFundMe directly or consult the GoFundMe Guarantee Policy.

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