How To Help Tornado Victims Across The South

April 29, 2014 | By | Comments (4)
Photo: New Life Church

Photo: New Life Church in Little Rock

After barreling through Oklahoma, North Carolina, Missouri, and Arkansas, tornadoes struck a devastating blow to Tupelo, MS, and Kimberly, AL, among others. Our hearts remain with everyone affected across the South, and we are hoping that the worst is over. Unfortunately, this weather system is still moving across the South, so please stay informed about your local forecast and check the American Red Cross preparation guide.

Photo: New Life Church

Photo: New Life Church

It’s no surprise that communities are rallying together to support one another—it’s how we cope in the South. More stories will come to light in the coming days, but a story brought to our attention has been the response in Vilonia, Arkansas. This is the second time in three years a tornado has struck this small town. The Arkansas Dream Center gathered 700 volunteers and offered more than 1,000 meals to the victims of the storms. Many of those volunteers also searched through the debris for sentimental items. Our hats are off to the Arkansas Dream Center and to the many other organizations who have taken time to help the victims of these awful storms.

If you’d like to help the victims across the South, some resources are listed below. In times of need, monetary donations can be the most useful, as organizations like the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army can use them to purchase the most-needed supplies.

American Red Cross
The best way to aid the American Red Cross is to donate through the main website or phone number.

Donations can be made at or 800/RED-CROSS. To make an easy $10 donation, text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999.

Salvation Army
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 or 800/SAL-ARMY.  To make an easy $10 donation, text the word “STORM” to 80888.

Kimberly United Methodist Church

The church is well-stocked with water and is accepting donations for nonperishable foods due to lack of power. Blankets are also needed.

Donations can be made at 9178 Old Highway 31 N, Kimberly, AL. Call 205/674-0101 for details. 

CREATE Foundation

The Tupelo-based foundation seeks monetary donations for a tornado relief fund. It will match donations up to $25,000.

Donations can be made at or 662/844-8989. They can also be mailed to P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Click here for specific sites accepting donations in Arkansas.

We’d love to hear more stories of communities coming together to support one another. If you’d like to share one, please post them on social media using the hashtag #standwiththesouth or email them to

Additional reporting by Melody Kitchens.

Volunteers sift through debris, seeking personal items lost in the storms. Photo: New Life Church

Volunteers sift through debris, seeking personal items lost in the storms. Photo: New Life Church



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    May 1, 2014 at 8:55 pm
  2. Amy Jeffcoats

    Hi Greg! Boots on the ground is exactly what’s needed here in central Arkansas. I’m posting a volunteer link for the Arkansas Dream Center, this way you can see what exactly we need currently. We are needing people with chainsaws,rakes, brooms, moving equipment/heavy trailers, etc. to get trees removed from yards. If you can help please sign up below. Relief groups will be organized from New Life Church in Little Rock and Conway, Arkansas daily. If you have any questions please contact me and I will get you plugged in!

    April 30, 2014 at 9:21 am
  3. Gregory M. Larson

    Greg L. (again),
    My vehicle is 4wd and has 5k tow capacity, hitch and ball there. Hauls a bass boat at 75 mph quite good so should handle trailers of like supplies fine. Have traveled ice, snow, many mountain trails and done hurricane relief work in SE Texas.
    I am retired and want absolutely no monatary return for my assistance.

    Just trying to help,

    April 29, 2014 at 9:48 pm
  4. Gregory M. Larson

    I must believe they need more boots on the ground. I’ve already sent monetary assistance but am willing toload my SUV with food, water, etc and drive up there from Spring , Tx to cook free meals, assist in cleanup, transport people and supplies or whatever. Again, I am so surprised there is little to no request for help like this.???
    Gregory m. Larson
    H. 2812513254
    C. 2816384688

    Would like to do more,

    April 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm

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