Tornado Recovery: Organizations Giving Back

- LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Various organizations across the state are accepting donations for victims of the April 27th tornadoes that took 16 lives. Many are saying this is the single deadliest tornadoes that has struck the natural state. KARK 4 Today featured a handful of the thousands of groups giving back.

Sam's Club in Sherwood is offering temporary memberships right now for those who would like to shop and donate those items to the victims of the recent tornado in Central Arkansas. The club opens at 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. exclusively for Plus and Business members. Then opens up 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. for everyone. There is also a bin located outside of the club for people to drop donations in.

Students at David O Dodd Elementary School in Little Rock are collecting items for children affected by the tornado that tore through Central Arkansas Sunday. The items needed include: Books Crayons Coloring Books Toys Teddy Bears Puzzles Hot Wheels Sports Balls and Baby Dolls.

Maumelle Animal Clinic is a temporary home for pets that were lost in the tornado that tore through Central Arkansas. If you are looking for your pet or recognize any animals on the show today call (501) 851-4060.

A Zumbathon® is an extension of a Zumba® Fitness class (lasting about two hours), where Zin members (instructors) and students get together to raise money for a cause. This Zumbathon® was inspired by a fellow instructor and her family who lost everything in the tornadoes. Her family is ok, but instructors from all over central Arkansas have teamed up to help Dawn and the other victims impacted by this tragedy. We will have 36 instructors teaching among others in the crowd, that means over 36 classes from all over Arkansas will be in attendance! They are collecting items needed along with monetary donations (which will be matched by area businesses). They will also have items for raffle! If a business would like to donate or help our cause, they can contact: Amanda Wilson 501-733-6684 or Katrina Price (870)562-9594.

New Life Church has been at the forefront helping those who were affected by the recent tornadoes. You can go to Central Arkansas New Life Churches for more information.

The Brady Masonic Lodge in Little Rock is accepting items for victims of the recent tornadoes that ripped through Central Arkansas. The lodge is located at 11805 Hinson Rd in Little Rock. You can call 501-231-4295.

The University of Central Arkansas kicks off “Bear Boots on the Ground”, a week-long volunteer disaster recovery effort for tornado victims in Faulkner County. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni volunteers will work daily shifts from Monday, May 5 to Friday, May 9. Volunteers will be broken into two shifts each day from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers can work one or both shifts. For more information

IMove clothing is all about the well being of people and making sure those people are at their best to achieve their goals in life. As we know the unexpected can happen and set you back further than imagined. That is why all week long a portion of any purchase of IMove Clothing will be donated to those suffering the the recent tornado devastation in Central Arkansas. To purchase a piece of IMove clothing visit

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