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10:11 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Ways To Help In The Aftermath Of Arkansas Tornado

tornado damage
Credit James Bryant

Many groups are working to provide assistance to Arkansans impacted by the recent tornado that caused extensive destruction.

Below is a list of some of the places to donate money, clothes, food, blood, furniture, to get emergency phones and WiFi, to get help with pet, and to find shelters.

Where to donate:

The Arkansas Community Foundation is taking donations to be distributed to various non-profit organizations that are helping tornado victims in the state.

Spokeswoman Sarah Kinser said the money collected through Arkansas Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund can be used for either immediate relief or for recovery and rebuilding later on.

“We're inviting all of our existing donors and new donors to consider a gift to that fund. We'll be using it to make grants to different organizations working on the ground in communities across the state that have been affected by the tornadoes,” Kinser said.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is taking basic toiletry items, water, first aid kits, diapers, shoes of all sizes, socks, undergarments, summer clothing, and plastic bins for people to place their belongings in. The main collection point will be in the Donaghey Student Center at the lower level, near the staircase outside the bookstore.

The Red Cross provides blood to approximately 40 hospitals in the state and it is taking blood donations at various locations.

Salvation Army 

New Life Church Arkansas Tornado Relief

Arkansas Rice Depot is putting together Disaster Meal Kits

The Arkansas Foodbank is accepting non-perishable food donations at its warehouse, 4301 W. 65th Street in Little Rock.

The United Way of Central Arkansas

Those interested in donating furniture can contact the Union Rescue Mission at (501) 370-0808 to schedule a pick-up or delivery. All donations will receive a receipt for a tax reduction.

E. Leigh's boutique has drop-off areas at their Little Rock, 2911 Kavanaugh Blvd., and Conway, 830 Front St., locations.

First Security Bank

ZaZa, Big Orange, and Local Lime

Phones and Wi-Fi capability:

Verizon Wireless is providing device-charing stations for those affected in Mayflower and Vilonia, in addition to first responders. The stations also have on-site emergency phones and Wi-Fi capability. The stations are located at:

  • Mayflower Middle School at 10 Leslie King Drive

  • Plantation Acres Subdivision in Mayflower 

  • Vilonia City Hall at 18 Bise Street

  • Beryl Baptist Church at 873 U.S. 64 B in Vilonia

  •  Wal-Mart at 1155 Skyline Drive in Conway 

  • Best Buy at 600 Elsinger Blvd. in Conway

The stations will be open 10 a.m. to dusk or as long as the communities need the services.

In addition, Verizon has announced overage charges for voice, data and text use for the entire month of May will be waived for customers in the impacted areas around Mayflower and Vilonia. That includes ZIP codes 72034, 72032, 72106 and 72173.

Items needed: 

  • Water

  • Non-perishable canned/packaged foods

  • Children and adult clothing

  • Diapers

  • Baby formula

  • Baby bottles

  • Baby wipes

  • Soap

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Bath towels

  • Hand towels

  • Washcloths

  • Blankets

  • Pillows

  • Personal hygiene items

  • Small board games and cards

Pets:

The Arkansas Lost and Found Pet Network has set up a Facebook group for owners and finders of lost and found pets from last night’s storms. Join the group

CARE

The Humane Society of Pulaski County,14600 Colonel Glen Rd. (501) 227-6166

Shelters:

Mayflower Middle School: 17 Leslie St. 

Mayflower High School Gym: 10 Leslie King Drive

Beryl Baptist Church: 873 U.S. 64 in Vilonia

Arkansas District Pentecostal Church of God: Vilonia 

Antioch Baptist Church: 150 Amity Road in Conway

St. Joseph's Catholic Church: 1115 College Ave. in Conway

Oak Bowery Baptist Church: 889 Otto Road in Conway

Point of Grace: 767 U.S. 64 B in Conway-Vilonia area

In Pulaski County, the Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center, at 1720 Ferncliff Rd., is also opened as a shelter.

Clean up efforts:

Fellowship Bible Church

University of Central Arkansas