On Sunday night, a tornado touched down near Little Rock and traveled approximately 80 miles, causing a large amount of destruction throughout Vilonia and Mayflower in Faulkner County just 35-50 miles southwest of campus. Glued to the news last night, I watched the path of this storm make its way through the state, uprooting houses and taking lives.
It is incredible to see the amount of people who quickly come together when a need is recognized. The giving spirit of people is strongly evident, especially when unfortunate events like this devastate surrounding areas.
“One of the things we have learned from disasters in the past is that we sometimes need to stay out of things,” President McLarty said in chapel this morning. “Right now, it is up to the emergency squads to help.”
The heavily damaged areas will definitely be in need of cleanup and rebuilding, and there will be tremendous opportunities ahead to help with this. Though people are strongly encouraged not to go into the area, the desire to help is still apparent. The Downtown and College churches of Christ will have collection sites in their building lobbies this Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for the following items:
- bottled water/drinks
- work gloves
- storage tubs with lids
- trash bags
- shovels and other hand tools
- gift cards
- snack foods
These items will be delivered to Vilonia Church of Christ.
Something else that you can do right now is to donate to the American Red Cross and their efforts in providing aid to local families in need. Visit HERE to make a donation.
Churches in the Searcy area and surrounding communities are still assessing needs and putting together a plan of action. We will keep you updated on ways you can help. Please continue to pray for those affected by this disaster.
Hannah Beall Owens, director of news services