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Region 8 communities come together for tornado victims

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Region 8 once again shows its generosity for another community. Multiple organizations and businesses have worked to gather supplies for tornado victims in Central Arkansas.

"That could have easily have been us," Miranda Cavaness told Region 8 News.

Northeast Arkansas is no stranger to natural disaster. It was no surprise when Central Arkansas was devastated by the tornado that touched down in Vilonia and Mayflower, Region 8's first thoughts were "how can I help?"

"I love living in Northeast Arkansas. Anytime you ask for anything, businesses, residents are ready to mobilize," Cavaness said.

Everyday People Inspiring Children or EPIC normally helps foster children but following Sunday's storms, they teamed with Pay it Forward Paragould to collect supplies for tornado victims.

Cavaness is a member of EPIC and explained that originally, they had a truck and trailer to bring down supplies but the response has been so great, they now need more space.

"We can pull a box trailer if someone has one that they can donate for the day or if someone wants to help us get the funds to help us get a U-Haul," Cavaness said. She explained the estimated amount to help pay for a U-Haul is $350.

For Holiday Inn Express of Jonesboro, they have the opposite problem.

Great Dane of Little Rock and Roadmasters Power Transport of Jonesboro have donated a tractor trailer and a truck to haul supplies.

Holiday Inn Express General Manager Lisa Watson said their goal is to fill them to the brim and then some.

"Anybody that has things they want to donate, they're welcome to donate them here at the Holiday Inn Express. We will take them until we can't take them anymore," Watson said. "Any smaller businesses that have been taking donations but don't have a way to get them there, we're more than happy to stop and pick them up for you and make sure they get there."

While they won't turn any supplies away, there are specific needs right now in Central Arkansas.

"Dog food for a lot of the lost pets, that's something people tend to overlook sometimes...diapers, feminine products, Gatorade for the workers, any kind of gift cards, Sonic cards to keep the workers fed as well as the refugees."

ITEMS NEEDED

Nonperishable food items
Toiletries
Personal Hygiene Items
Pet Supplies
Feminine products
Gatorade/Powerade
Diapers
Blankets
First Aid Supplies

For additional information, contact Holiday Inn Express at (870) 932-5554.

EPIC/PAY IT FORWARD PARAGOULD DROP OFF LOCATIONS:

Anytime Fitness
AllState Insurance Chris Robinson
Skinny J's Paragould
Southern Bank
First Class Cuts Paragould
Factory Connection
Postnet
Kiss the Cook
Swirlz
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Northeast Arkansas area motorcycle groups are also coming together to help Central Arkansas.

Saints and Sinners Riding Club has focused their assistance for younger victims.

"We want to bring some toys to the kids that lost everything," Rocko Walls, President of the Saints and Sinners Riding Club said. "These families have lost so much, we want to be able to help these children.  So we'll be having a toy run for the kids and plan on delivering them Saturday morning."

You can drop off toys at the Saints and Sinners clubhouse on Hwy 49 South starting Wednesday from 6-10pm.

Toys will be collected Thursday and Friday nights as well and delivered on Saturday, May 3.

"We plan on riding down Saturday morning to deliver the toys," Walls said. "You don't have to ride a motorcycle to join us.  We have people that plan on driving down as well, so if you feel like joining, we'll be meeting at our clubhouse and plan on leaving about 10 am.

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Pink Ink of Jonesboro has created t-shirts for the cause. The "Hope for Home" t-shirts are on sale for $15 and all proceeds go to the disaster relief fund for the American Red Cross.

You can purchase a t-shirt at Pink Ink Screen Printing at 3339 E. Nettleton Avenue.

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Blytheville residents have a 53' long freight trailer and semi truck they are filling up with rescue supplies.

Every day this week, people will be accepting donations at Walmart, Kroger and the Air Evac headquarters in Blytheville from 9am to 9pm. There is an additional drop-off location in Gosnell at Sammy Williams Auction Company.

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Brookland School District and Bill's Fresh Market of Brookland will collect donations on Wednesday through Friday from 4-8 p.m.

Brookland Baptist Church is collecting supplies. 
Items needed by Thursday at 10 a.m. are: New blankets, paper towels, toilet paper, large trash bags, gloves, hand sanitizers, sunscreen, bottled water, New sock and underwear, and plastic tubs with lids. 

Items need by Friday at 5:30 p.m. are: Diapers, baby food/formula, nonperishable foods/snack foods, toiletry items.

These are just a few of the many donation drives going on throughout Region 8 for tornado victims

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