Free yard sale helps flood victims in Pocahontas

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POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT)- A group of residents in Pocahontas held a yard sale for those who suffered damages from rising waters. But it wasn't your typical benefit yard sale, victims came by to get items for free. The devastation of the recent flood waters has shown just how big the people's heart are in Region 8. And while many items can not be replaced, Saturday's yard sale helped to provide residents with a foundation in the rebuilding process.

"We ended up with around five feet of water in our house, and everything is just totaled," said Pocahontas flood victim Tom Hankins, who is trying to untie the mess from recent flood waters.

Saturday, that knot was loosened with table-after-table, of clothes, toys, dishes, and furniture all available at the yard sale put on to flood victims, at no cost. "It's things that we really needed. I can't believe people just donated this stuff. I'm really appreciative," said Haskins. The items where all donated by people across Region 8, and are now giving flood victims hope. "It's going to help a lot. I mean it's stuff I'm not going to have to buy you know. To replace everything that we lost," said Haskins.

Organizer Shelly Proctor has spent several hours volunteering at the shelter, and has seen first-hand how tough it has been for the people in her community, and wanted to do what she could to help. "We've had quite a few people come through this morning, and the good thing was they had to show their ID and FEMA number. So we knew it was only flood victims," said Proctor.

Urita Atkins sorted through clothes. Her home was a complete lose, but says when she went to speak with the Red Cross about getting assistance, she didn't qualify all because the water didn't reach 36 inches inside here home. "I had 28 and half inches. I lost three bedroom suits, a living room suit, end tables, all my canned goods, and kitchen stuff, but I do not qualify," said Atkins.

But she says she will keep her head held high, and is grateful for events like this, and the support of the community. "Oh it's rough. I lost 35 years of my life. If it wasn't for the churches and the community, I don't know what we would do. I really don't," said Atkins.

Proctor says she hopes to send any items left over for the yard sale to help tornado victims in Joplin, MO.

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