Churches, businesses lead massive OK donation effort

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Several groups around Jonesboro are coming together to collect items for Oklahoma tornado victims.

"When tragedy happens like that, people want to help, that's part of our nature, we want to help, we want a tangible way to do that,"said Johnny Hutchinson, pastor of Highland Drive Baptist Church.

Highland Drive Baptist Church collected "Buckets of Love" today to be sent to Little Rock then to Oklahoma. So far the church has collected about 65 buckets but is hoping for 200. The buckets contain bottles of water, a flashlight, work gloves and hand towels.

"This is a tangible way, most people can't drive to Oklahoma and if they could they couldn't get in anyway and so we provide a mechanism for them to do that."

While we were there another church bus pulled up full of buckets.

"They just wanted to do something so this was a way of being able to help out without having to go all the way there," said Rebekah Rhea with Tukerman Baptist Church.

"I have a cousin who lives in Moore, Oklahoma so I found out about the buckets of love and decided that we were going to get together last night and go shopping," she said.

Chuck Mitchell with MC Express donated an 18 wheeler truck to Nettleton Baptist Church to stock with supplies and drive to Moore, Oklahoma on Monday.

"Whatever God puts on your heart is what you need to bring," said Nettleton church member, Casey Barker.

"I was driving down the highway and God put it on my heart to do this and I have a small trailer and I said I will take this and I talked to a friend of mine who said no you're not you are going to take an 18 wheeler and he made a phone call."

Barker said they will make the trip to Moore, Oklahoma on Monday and will make another trip the following Monday.

"Those people there have lost everything, including their own children and their hearts are wide open right now and they need our assistance," Barker said.

Nettleton Baptist Church will be collecting items at Kevin Pierce Family Dentistry in Jonesboro, Friday and will also collect items this at Wal-Mart on Parker Rd.

"We will have an 18 wheeler out there and we will have lists at the door so you just come and we'll hand you a list and whatever is put on your heart to buy," Barker said.

If you want to make a donation, you can drop off items at Nettleton Baptist Church or you can bring you donation to Wal-Mart on Parker Rd this weekend.

The Arkansas State Convention in Little Rock will also be collecting donations that they will drive to Oklahoma.

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