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Marsha Mays Reports

Cross County Residents Come Together to Help Tornado Victims

APRIL 5, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:30 P.M.


CROSS COUNTY, AR -- It's my hometown, and when tragedy strikes, it's good to know that there will be someone there to help get you back on your feet. And when it's a whole community behind you, it's easy to make the best of whatever life throws your way.

Wynne is known as the city with a smile. But after Sunday's tornadoes ripped through parts of the county, you might think that would change. Nonetheless, they're still smiling and more importantly helping each other get through these tough times.

“Anything we can do to provide a service to them. We want to be there for them,” says Melissa Johnson, a volunteer at a local relief station.

This shelter located behind Union Avenue Baptist Church set up a location for the victims to come by and pick up supplies that they might need. So what do the relief groups need more of?

“Water. Water is a big thing a lot of people are asking for. Tissue, toilet tissues, that kind of thing,” says Johnson.

The cleanup process is well underway in Cross County , but as they work to pick up the pieces, good neighbors stopped to give them a bite to eat. Area churches and other businesses volunteered to cook dinner and deliver it to the residents. That is just one of the many things this small community is doing in their time of need.

 “They're overwhelmed by the disaster. They're overwhelmed by the community and all the people that are showing up and showing support for them. You just have to see it to believe it,” says Peg Hess, volunteer delivering food to victims.

Such a small town with a big heart. But they all have said they wouldn't have it any other way.

“I am proud to be from here because we care about each other. We care about each other's well being and we'll do whatever it takes to take care of each other,” says Melissa Johnson.

For anyone else that would like to help the tornado victims of Cross County , call the Cross County Sheriff's Department at 870-238-5767.


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