Region 8 store owner donates to flood victims

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 store owner decides to help those in need. Owner of Christ Way Consignment store in Jonesboro, Virginia Barron, has been gathering clothes for flood victims since the rain poured in and wouldn't go away.

Virginia says she wanted to help people in whatever way she could. "We're sending clothes, pictures, soap, toothpaste, make up, brushes and just anything they need."

Donna Manes of Tyronza says the items that Virginia is donating will definitely be used. "It's better than it was, but it was really, really bad. I mean they lost everything most of them, a lot of them did."

Virginia says she started collecting donations because she felt it was the thing to do. "God says to give and help your neighbor. And the people over there don't have any insurance and they need help. They don't have anything. So, if I can help them with some towels, wash rags, anything I can do to help them out I will."

But Virginia says she's not the only person that's been donating to flood victims. "The response so far has been great. People in Jonesboro are always really good about helping."

But Donna says because many are starting over from scratch, there not out of the woods yet. "There's a lot of people out there that didn't have flood insurance. They've lost everything they had and they're starting over. And they can't buy things either."

One thing Donna says people should consider when donating is that children will begin school in August and many have lost not only all their clothing, but their school supplies.

Some of the items are being sent to the First Baptist Church and Church of Christ in Tyronza and also, the Church of Christ in Trumann. Other items will go to area churches and others will go to the people who have put in a direct request with either Donna or Virginia.

If you would like to make a donation to the flood victims, you can do so by dropping items off at the Christ Way Consignment store located on Caraway Road in Jonesboro.

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