Severe weather threatens nearly the entire Southern United States. Tornadoes have already ripped through Oklahoma, North Carolina, Missouri, and Arkansas. They’ve claimed 18 lives and caused insurmountable damage to Vilonia, Arkansas, a town just northwest of Little Rock. The death toll is expected to rise as first responders sift through the debris. Mayor James Firestone told CNN, “Our downtown area seems like it’s completely leveled.”
If you’re in Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, or Tennessee, please prepare for the upcoming severe weather. Just last night, thirty tornadoes were reported across seven states. The American Red Cross has a good preparation guide.
Our hearts go out to those affected thus far by the storms. As often happens in times of disaster, many local churches and businesses are accepting donations of food, batteries, clothing, etc. Often monetary donations are best because they allow the Red Cross or Salvation Army to purchase what is most needed. That said, all manner of donation is appreciated. If you’d like to help the victims of the tornadoes, you can send donations to the following places.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has set up three emergency shelters near Vilonia. The local Red Cross is in Little Rock, but the best way to help is to donate through the main website or phone number.
Donations can be made at http://www.redcross.org or 800/RED-CROSS. To make an easy $10 donation, text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999.
The church is accepting donations (all types: nonperishable food, batteries, blankets, water, etc.) until at least 7 p.m. or later, depending on influx.
Donations can be made at 4315 Landers Rd., North Little Rock, AR. Call 501/945-2655 for details.
Benton Transmission Automotive & Tire
The auto shop is accepting donations (all types: nonperishable food, blankets, checks written out to the Red Cross or Salvation Army) until 5 p.m. They have two vans that they’re planning on filling up with supplies and bringing to Red Cross.
Donations can be made at 992 Hwy 5, Benton, AR. Call 501/316-4949 for details.
Better Business Bureau
The BBB is also accepting all types of donations until 5 p.m. They will also bring donations to the Red Cross.
Donations can be made at 12521 Kanis Rd., Little Rock, AR., Call 501/664-0056 for details.
Boys and Girls Club of Bryant
The Boys and Girls Club is accepting nonperishable food, water, and clothing until 6 p.m.
Donations can be made at 6401 Boone Road, Bryant, AR. Call 501/943-0056 for details.
The Salvation Army seeks monetary donations first and foremost. The best way to donate is through the website or phone number, much like the Red Cross.
Donations can be made at http://www.salvationarmy.org or 800/SAL-ARMY. To make an easy $10 donation, text the word “STORM” to 80888.
St. Andrew UMC
The church is accepting all types of donations (including monetary) until 9 p.m. tonight.
Donations can be made at 4600 Baseline Rd., Little Rock, AR. Call 501/562-1891 for details.
Additional reporting by Melody Kitchens.