Organizations work to help storm, flood victims

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)  "This was just kind of normal for us to come together to help something," said Paragould High School student, Angel Bailey.

The cause bringing these foes on the soccer field together is an effort to help students in the tornado ravaged town of Vilonia that lost so much.

"We wanted to help them as soon as we found out about it," said Nettleton High School student, Ashley Shown.

Both the Nettleton and Paragould girls soccer teams played in Vilonia this month.  Now the teams are efforting donations to take back to Vilonia students on Saturday.

"We call this, we were foes first, now we're friends and we want to help out a friend," said Paragould parent, Trey Bailey.

"We're taking anything from baby food, diapers, pillows, blankets," said Ultimate Tans Elite owner, Candis Shrable.

This Jonesboro business owner says she's also collecting items to donate to shelters and the Red Cross in Poplar Bluff and Lawrence County.

"They just said when we got the boxes full we could come and deliver it. So that's our plan," said Shrable.

Shrable says the idea started with customers coming in and talking about the devastation across the area. Now individuals and groups are coming together to help those in need.

"We've had a great response so far so hopefully we can get as much as we can to help these people," said Shrable.

Back in Paragould, donations needed to take to Vilonia include school supplies, clothes and toiletries.  For Paragould parent Trey Bailey, he says while these young athletes are giving to help others, there's an important lesson for everyone.

"Thinking about others is one of the most gratifying things that someone can do, and that seeing the impact it can make on somebody else will help them make a life long goal of that," said Bailey.

If you would like to help the Nettleton and Paragould girls soccer team raise donations for Vilonia's soccer team and other students--you can make donations at Paragould High School's Main Office or at the NEA Baptist Clinic at Hilltop. They're taking donations until through Friday.

There's also another opportunity to help those in Poplar Bluff and Lawrence County this Sunday.  Outside Ultimate Tans Elite in the Stadium Crossing Shopping Center there will be a trailer from 12-5.  You can drop off donations--things like toiletries, diapers, baby food.

The owner of Ultimate Tans Elite says the items will be taken to Red Cross officials and shelters in Poplar Bluff and Lawrence County for distribution.

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