Faith Matters: NYU Students Help Tornado Victims in Faulkner County

FAULKNER COUNTY, AR - The towns of Mayflower and Vilonia continue rebuilding after the devastating tornadoes, and this week they're getting help from college students in New York.

It's all part of a group called Bridges, Jewish Muslim Interfaith Dialogue at NYU spend a week every year volunteering in an area hit by a natural disaster. Last year, they rebuilt homes in Moore, Oklahoma.

This year, they spent the week in Arkansas stocking the shelves of food pantries and helping with construction projects.

"We built the foundation of a deck. That was pretty cool. Yesterday we painted floors. We're not pros yet, but we're getting there," NYU student Shanjida Chowdhury said.

20 Jewish and Muslim students from New York University spent the week in The Natural State helping Arkansans affected by the tornado.

"The experience of getting to do this as a Jew with Muslims and having the cross cultural connection while doing the service has been something that has been amazing to me," NYU student Arielle Solomon said.

They spent the entire week working, and also visiting with tornado victims. They came to help and serve, and they're going home with a new outlook.

"People are a lot friendlier. They really want to know how you are and they want you to elaborate. I really love that. I think that's wonderful," Chowdhury said.

"I was so awestruck by the sense of community people have and the way people were giving back to others. I thought it was really a special thing to see. It happens often in a small community, but especially here and everyone here has been wonderful, so I'm very grateful for the experience," Solomon said.

Two different faiths coming together, from New York to Arkansas to serve and show love. An experience these NYU students say they'll never forget.

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