Saturday, May 03, 2014

EDITORIAL >> Helping area storm victims

Arkansas loves to help those in need and that is evident in the outpouring of donations to the El Paso, Mayflower and Vilonia tornado victims.

But it is that love that scammers prey on. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel warns about those unscrupulous people and groups that sabotage the love pouring we have for our fellow neighbors.

Donate only to those organizations that you know and trust, like the Red Cross, the Salvation Army or your neighborhood church or civic group.

In Beebe, the city, the chamber and First Baptist Church are leading efforts to collect the donations for tornado victims.

Drop off points are at city hall, the police department, the fire department and the church. Deliveries are being made to Vilonia, El Paso and Center Hill.

The Cabot Library is collecting nonperishable food, bottled water, flashlights, batteries, pet food and other items.

Re:New Community Church is bringing Vilonia residents by van to the church’s community center to allow them to pick out supplies and clothing. And church members are putting together personal hygiene kits for residents.

Cabot Resource Center on Hwy. 5 next to Sonic near Greystone is collecting donations for tornado victims.

Angel Franks of Lonoke is collecting donations for storm victims at the Atwood’s store parking lot. A U-Haul truck is set up and accepting donations of bottled water, baby formula and care products

Whit Davis Lumber Plus stores in Jacksonville, Cabot and Greenbrier are serving as tornado relief drop-off locations. They are asking for batteries, flashlights, bottled water, blankets, toiletries, packaged snacks and cash.

Excel Ford of Cabot has teamed up with the Cabot Dream Center to gather donations of work gloves, trash bags, water, toiletries, diapers, paper towels and hand sanitizer.

The Airmen and Family Readiness Center on Little Rock Air Force Base is accepting donations of shovels, rakes, workman’s gloves, trash bags, eye goggles and hand sanitizer.

Blankets, pillows, bottled water and non-perishable food are being accepted at North Metro Medical Center’s Education Building in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville’s First United Methodist Church is accepting donations of water, snacks, diapers, blankets, tarps and flashlights.

Help as much as you can, it’s the Arkansas way, but make sure it goes to those in need and not a scammer’s pocket.