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Storm Recovery: How You Can Help

Many different organizations are finding ways to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters like this one. Find out here how you can help the victims.
Bad Boy Mowers sets up in Batesville to take donations
Bad Boy Mowers sets up in Batesville to take donations
Bad Boy Mowers sets up a truck at Kroger in Batesville to take donations
Bad Boy Mowers sets up a truck at Kroger in Batesville to take donations
American Red Cross Opens Multi-Agency Service Center For Tornado Victim’s Recovery:

LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) – The American Red Cross in Arkansas will open a one stop, multi-agency service center (MARC) Saturday, May 4th, for continuing recovery of tornado victims in Faulkner, Pulaski and White Counties. 

The MARC will be open daily at the following location:

496 Highway 64 East
Conway
9:00am-6:00pm
Multi-Agency Service Center will be open daily

Individuals and families affected by the recent tornado can reduce traveling from one location to another to have questions answered and more. Participating partner agencies include:

Catholic Charities
Salvation Army
Arkansas Baptist
Small Business Administration
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Samaritans Purse 
The Billy Graham Association
The center will be open as long as needed. 

LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) - The American Red Cross has opened two emergency shelters and is supporting four community shelters providing cots, blankets and food for residents in Pulaski, Faulkner and White counties affected by Sunday evening’s tornado at the following locations:

American Red Cross Operated Shelters
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
1115 College Avenue, Conway, AR

Beryl Baptist Church
873 Main Street, Vilonia, AR

Red Cross Supported Shelters
Antioch Baptist Church
150 Amity Road, Conway, AR

Oak Bowery Baptist Church
889 Otto Road, Conway, AR

Point of Grace
1070 Markham St, Conway

Mayflower Middle School
10 Leslie King Dr., Mayflower AR

To help with the free disaster relief provided by the Red Cross, please call 1-800-REDCROSS; make an online donation at redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999.

You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

•Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
•You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
•https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/arkansastornados
•Donations in the form of checks designated to ArkansasTornado Relief may also be mailed to:

The Salvation Army
PO Box 738
North Little Rock, AR 72115-0738

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) - Apostolic Church in North Little Rock is reaching out to the communities affected by the tornadoes that ripped through Arkansas Sunday night.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, you can help Apostolic "Stuff the Truck" by bringing donations of tarps, flashlights, batteries, hand sanitizer, non-perishable food items, gloves, toiletries, chainsaws, blankets and bottled water.

Donations can be dropped off at 4315 Landers Rd. in North Little Rock.

"We continue to pray for everyone involved," Senior Pastor Donnie Copeland said. "We feel like this is the least we can do."

Once the truck is stuffed, Apostolic will transport the items to the necessary communities.

The church is also mobilizing its disaster relief team which was deployed to help victims of the Moore tornado last year.

For more information about donations or how you can help, please call the church at 501-945-2655

DONATIONS AND FEEDING SITES:
The following locations are taking donations and/or feeding victims and volunteers:

Grace Point Church
(next to Larry's Pizza)
1070 Markham, Conway
(501) 470-9811

Holiday Express and Suites in Morrilton is accepting non-perishable donations for storm victims.
#8 Bruce Street 72110 (501) 215-4924 ask for Cindy or Lynn.

Courtyard
in North Little Rock will accept any and all donations.
(501) 593-2137 or (501) 658-3937

Crossroads Cowboy Church
In El Paso, AR
contact Monty Holmes (501) 951-5113

Bad Boy Mowers 
Main Street in Batesville, in front of Kroger
Alyssa Lancaster at (870)805-0798

Sylvan Hills Church of Christ
117 W Maryland Ave. in Sherwood
Accepting donations beginning at 7:30 a.m. all week.
Billy Byrd at (501) 835-4141

Items Needed:
Canned Food
Blankets...
Clothes
Formula
Diapers
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Also, taking monetary donations and we will go buy items to send.

Chenal Ten Storage
24300 Chenal Parkway
(501)868-1188 Tammy Johnston

Lisa Academy
in Little Rock
(501)227-4942

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
13901 Quail Run Dr., Little Rock.
(501) 993-1764 text Terri Bailey

Donation times will be Tuesday, April 29th through Friday May, 2nd at noon to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

You can help by donating bottled water, non-perishable food, toiletries, blankets, pillows, hand sanitizers, diapers, and gloves.

"We continue to pray for everyone that was involved," Terri Bailey, Relief Society President said. "We encourage Otter Creek and the surrounding communities here in central Arkansas to participate in this effort to help those that were affected by the storms."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will also transport the items to the necessary communities and shelters that are in need of these supplies.

Bowerman Trucking
1615 East Line Road, Searcy
(800) 928-4503 Kay or Liz

The Department of Human Services - Feeding Site
Mayflower Middle School, 18 Eagle Circle Mayflower, AR

In conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, has established a feeding site in Mayflower for families who need a meal.

The facility will be serving lunch and dinner and is working to secure breakfast. More information on a feeding site in Vilonia to come.

North Point Ford-Lincoln
4400 Landers Road, North Little Rock 72231
(501)945-1200

From April 28 to May 3, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. please bring all donations to North Point Ford such as: toiletries, bathing products, clothing, water, non-perishable food items, power tools and anything that would be helpful. 

Arkansas Armory (with New Life Church: Dream Center)
7600 Landers Road, Sherwood, 72007
(501) 835-4867 Nathan House

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce
510 Main Street, Pine Bluff
(870) 535-0110

Items needed are blankets and non-perishable snack foods. Bring items by May 2 to the above address.

Central Arkansas Crain Automotive locations are set up to accept water and supplies and will use their trucks to deliver the items to impacted areas.

Superior Automotive in Conway is asking you drop off ANY relief items.

Bryant: LaBelle Vie Boutique Salon
113 Braodway 72002
(501) 847-3615 Anna or Beth

Union Rescue Mission
Collecting April 29-May 3 and May 5-10 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
McCain Mall, North Little Rock
(501) 370-0808

Candlewood Suites
3950 Vali Court, North Little Rock, AR, 72117

Tornado Relief and Blood Drive at the Capitol

LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) –Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin and his staff are collecting donations and hosting an annual blood drive to help those affected by the tornadoes that devastated Arkansas counties April 27. “Our prayers go out to our families and friends that are suffering from losing their loved ones and property. We are standing by, ready to help in any way possible,” said Martin.

Secretary Martin hosts an annual blood drive every year, but this year the blood donations will be used to help ensure all blood given to those injured from the tornadoes will be replaced on hospital shelves. According to the Red Cross, several units of type 0 negative blood and 40 units of plasma were used to help treat the injured. “We want to help put that back in the blood bank supply to help save lives when unbearable tragedies like this happen,” Secretary Martin said.

If you would like to donate blood May 7 please contact Susan Carter at (501) 682-3042.

To help the over 200 people displaced by the April 27 tornadoes, you can donate items such as canned goods, batteries, toys and clothes. Donation boxes will be placed in several locations around the Capitol until May 19.

Beebe City Hall, Beebe Police Dept, Beebe Fire Dept and First Baptist Church of
Beebe are official drop-off sites for tornado relief. All donations will directly assist the Mayflower and Vilonia communities
Suggested donations:
Tarps, sturdy boxes, non-perishable food & beverages, 18 gallon tubs with lids, insect repellent, spray air freshener, liquid laundry detergent, waterproof gloves (disposable), work gloves with leather palms, face masks, permanent markers, colored duct tape, zippered plastic bags of all sizes, heavy-duty trash bags, hand towels, washcloths, metal nail file & nail clippers, personal hygiene items – soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, razors, shaving lotion, toothpaste, hair brushes/combs, band-aids, hand sanitizer, hand wipes, sunblock

J.A. Fair High School, Little Rock School District
Organizations and clubs at J.A. Fair High School have united with the support of administration, faculty, and staff to collect donations to benefit victims of the tornados that struck central Arkansas. We would like to extend our effort into the community as a donation site. Members of the community may drop off contributions in the school lobby Monday-Friday.

--Suggested Donations--
-NON-PERISHABLE FOOD – pull top canned foods, dry-goods, snacks (such as nuts, peanut butter, dried fruits, granola and trail mixes, jerkies) ready to eat snacks, bottled water
 PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS – soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, lotion,
 BABY AND INFANT SUPPLIES – diapers, wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion
 CLOTHING – all sizes and styles, socks, undergarments, shoes
 CLEANING SUPPLIES – laundry detergents, general cleaner, sponges, mops, scrub brushes, buckets, rubber gloves
 PAPER PRODUCTS – toilet paper, paper towels
 FIRST-AID ITEMS – bandages, gauze, pads, first aid tape, antiseptic creams, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, latex gloves, instant cold packs
 ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES – blankets, pillows, tarps, flashlights, batteries, pet food  MONETARY DONATIONS – Due to policy associated with the LRSD fiscal calendar, checks cannot be accepted by the school. If you would like to make a monetary donation, cash donations may be made to J.A. Fair Bookkeeper, Jennifer Hardin, or J.A. Fair Student Council Sponsor, Allison Belcher.

A donation receipt will be provided. 100% of all donations will benefit tornado victims.
As the need arises, we will also organize volunteer groups to distribute items and help with clean-up efforts.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact our J.A. Fair Student Council Sponsor, Allison Belcher (allison.belcher@lrsd.org, 501-447-1842) with your information.

"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." –Maya Angelou

Kroger Partners with the American Red Cross
To Aid Those Affected by the Arkansas Tornadoes
Kroger customers can donate when checking out.

MEMPHIS, TN (News release) – Kroger is joining forces with the American Red Cross to provide aid to victims of the Arkansas tornadoes. Starting today, April 29, customer donations will be accepted at all Arkansas Kroger locations. All monies collected will be forwarded directly to the American Red Cross for relief efforts.

“In the wake of this tragedy, we are thankful that Kroger customers and associates have a history of giving back to help during a desperate time like this,” said Joe Bell, manager of marketing and public affairs for Kroger’s Delta Division. “We are appreciative of this opportunity to work with the American Red Cross to lend a hand to those who have lost everything in these tornadoes.”

To make a donation, Kroger customers can simply add any amount in $5 increments to their total purchase at time of checkout. The amount of each donation will appear on the customer’s receipt as a contribution to the American Red Cross. One hundred percent of the funds collected will be sent to the American Red Cross.

The Salvation Army of Arkansas-Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (News release) – The Salvation Army completed its first 24 hours of emergency disaster response for the Central Arkansas area hit by the tornadoes Sunday night. Initially, two mobile feeding units were deployed throughout the area feeding and hydrating survivors.

On Tuesday, The Salvation Army will deploy six canteens to the following locations:

· West Little Rock – Kanis Command Post, 34106 Kanis Road

· Vilonia– Dollar General Store, 1100 Main Street

· Mayflower– Mayflower City Hall, 2 Ashmore Street

· 2roving canteens servicing affected areas in Vilonia

**Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized**

Donors are encouraged to give online or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*

Donations in the form of checks designated to Tornado Relief may also be mailed to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301

North Point Toyota
is also a Drop of Center for supplies for all the victims.
4336 Landers Road, North Little Rock, AR 72117
There is a box by the receptionist in the new car building.

LOAD THE BUSES!!
North Little Rock students in East Initiative classes, LWMS/Freshman Student Council and CAT Time classes are leading the charge to collect items for the Vilonia and Mayflower storm victims from the school district. These students are helping lead a DISTRICT-WIDE campaign within the North Little Rock School District. The drop-off location is located in the NLR Lakewood Middle School/NLRHS Freshman Campus Auditorium Lobby that will be managed throughout the day, April 30 - May 2, daily by students.

Items are being collected from all schools in the district at the Lakewood Middle School/NLRHS Freshman Campus (behind Target in NLR) Auditorium Lobby:


Collections from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30

Collections from 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 1

Collections from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, May 2.

Buses will arrive mid-day on Friday, May 2 to load all items and proceed to Vilonia and Mayflower.

Any questions? Please contact Shay Rafferty at raffertys@nlrsd.org or (501) 626-8575.

There is a need for:
baby items (including small toys, clothes, diapers, wipes)

LARGE TUBS (we can put other items inside the tubs)

tarps
flashlights
batteries
hand sanitizer
non-perishable food items (easy open)
gloves
toiletries
chainsaws
blankets
books
tents
crates
dog kennels
dog food
cat food
horse food
medical supplies
bandages
tape
gauze
soft towels
money
tooth brushes
toothpaste
sunscreen

TruService Community Federal Credit Union is collecting items at our West Little Rock, North Little Rock and Conway branch locations until further notice. We will then distribute them to local agencies for dispersal in the community. For a list of items being collected, click here

MCCAIN MALL PARTNERS WITH UNION RESCUE MISSION TO PROVIDE TORANDO RELIEF TO CENTRAL ARKANSAS RESIDENTS:

McCain Mall and Union Rescue Mission are partnering to provide relief efforts to residents in Central Arkansas that have been affected by the recent tornadoes.

Volunteers from Union Rescue Mission will be stationed in the store space located on the lower level between GNC and Maurice’s, and will be collecting needed items now through May 10 with operating hours Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Individuals or businesses can also make monetary donations or purchase Visa or American Express gift cards at Simon Guest Services (near Regal Cinema) to donate to relief efforts. Activation fees may be applicable to gift cards.

Conway Animal Clinic is a drop point for pet supply donations for Vilonia/Mayflower tornado victims. We will be accepting these donations during our normal business hours and then will deliver to needed areas. We are partnering with Freyaldenhoven Heating & Cooling to get the pets taken care of. If you can't stop by our clinic they are also accepting donations! Many pets have been displaced and have been found all over. We are trying to do our part to make sure those pets are taken care of. Thank you to all that can help!

W&W Ford in Searcy is taking donations for storm victims at their location.


Park Plaza Mall & Arkansas Food Bank to Host Food Drive For Tornado Victims
Donations can be dropped off at Park Plaza Mall from April 29 – May 9

WHAT:
Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock is partnering with the Arkansas Food Bank to host a Food & Necessities Drive to assist victims of the recent tornadoes in Little Rock and its surrounding communities.

On Monday, May 5th Chick-fil-A will donate 10% of their day’s proceeds to the Salvation Army.

Park Plaza Mall will be accepting non-perishable food donations during mall hours from Tuesday, April 29 - Friday, May 9. Mall hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Food items should not be in glass containers or bottles.

Collection containers will be located at the following retailers inside Park Plaza Mall:

Bath & Body Works
Chick-fil-A
The Crown Shop
Eddie Bauer
Gearhead Outfitters
Pandora
Park Plaza Mall Office

Top 10 Items Needed:
Canned Goods (meats-chicken/tuna; veggies; beans; fruit) – preferably cans with pop-tops
Canned/packaged meals
Soup
Peanut Butter
Cereal
100% juice
Pasta & pasta sauce
Powdered milk
Diapers
Bath Tissues

Other Items Needed:
Juice Boxes
Sports Drinks

WHERE:

Park Plaza Mall (6000 W. Markham in Little Rock)

Beryl Baptist Church in Vilonia is in need of the following items: Clorox Wipes, Floor Cleaning items, Mops, Brooms, Shovels, Rakes.

Monetary funds can be given to Beryl Baptist Church, 873 Main St. Vilonia, AR 72173

Any money given will go directly to the tornado victims.

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Mobile Service Office will be set up at the Beryl Baptist Church at 873 Main Street in Vilonia from April 29th-May 2nd to provide financial assistance to local veterans who have been affected by the recent tornado. National Service Officer Vernon Cook and National Service Officer Peggy Whitlow will be issuing vouchers to veterans who are able to provide proof of veteran status, residency, as well as need.

Walgreens at JFK & N. Hills Blvd in North Little Rock
Donations: Monetary donations, stuffed animals.

This weekend, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will accept and transport donations of supplies for the victims of last week's devastating tornadoes. Please consider bringing any of the following items to the Robinson Center Music Hall this weekend and drop them at the Box Office: Cleaning Supplies, Sunscreen, Tarps, Hand Sanitizer, Laundry Detergent, Laundry Softener, Bleach, Insect Repellent, Work Gloves, Safety Goggles, Air Mattresses, Bedding, Plastic Tubs with Lids.

Friendship Baptist Church: Friendship Baptist Church in Conway is reaching out to the communities affected by the tornadoes that ripped through Arkansas Sunday night.  They are providing supplies and food for the storm victims. Located at: 767 Rocky Point Road Conway, AR

A-State Athletics Holding Tornado Relief Fund Drive: JONESBORO, AR (News Release) - The Arkansas State Athletics Department will be holding a relief fund drive next week, May 5-9, to assist in the recovery process for the geographic regions that were hit by several tornados earlier this week.

A delivery trailer staffed by Arkansas State Athletics administrators, coaches and student-athletes will be parked outside Centennial Bank Stadium between the hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for anyone wishing to donate clothing, canned goods and/or additional items to assist in the recovery process for those individuals and families who were in the tornado paths.

Once the collection process is completed next week, A-State head football coach Blake Anderson along with student-athletes representing all Red Wolves’ programs will deliver the items to areas heavily affected by the tornados.  

Arkansas State student-athletes have been instrumental in organizing the athletics department’s efforts to assist in the recovery process.

“Along with rest of the nation, our hearts go out to all the victims and their families who were impacted by the tornados and are now faced with the difficult task of recovery,” said Arkansas State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir.  “We’re hopeful this relief fund drive will be well received by our community as we try to gather as many items as possible to help make a positive difference in their lives.”







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