JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Within hours of an EF-3 tornado ripping through town, the people of Jonesboro did what they always do best: they jumped into action and began collecting donations and providing relief to those affected by the storm.
One nonprofit group, the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief, is ready to go when disaster strikes.
The group supplies whatever is needed in an emergency, including food that can last a family of four up to a week, clothes, baby boxes, furniture, and appliances.
Two evangelists said they feel like this is what they were called to do.
“The Bible is a foundation of what we do as a church of chiefs but benevolence is a key part of what we do,” Brock Kendall said. “We don’t ask for money, the only money that we have is given by members of the Church of Christ as they prosper. And whatever they’ve been prospered they give to those to help that are in the community for That suffer these devastations.”
Members of the group said there is an interview process for furniture and appliances.
The group added they’re also still following social distancing practices, saying you won’t have to leave the car to get the things you need.
Here is a list of businesses, churches, and other non-profit organizations collecting and distributing donations:
- Red Cross
- Providing immediate disaster help to tornado victims.
- To donate money: 870-932-3212 and for immediate needs and financial assistance, 1-417-447-7180.
- Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas
- Food donations being accepted
- All donations made to the county offices are now going to the Food Bank for distribution
- Cleaning and personal supplies will also be accepted (they already have the system in place to deliver supplies)
- Drop off supplies at the Food Bank building, 3414 One Place in Jonesboro
- United Way of Northeast Arkansas
- Providing longer-term assistance to tornado victims.
- Help with bills or supplies
- Salvation Army
- Immediate victim relief
- Central Baptist Church and XPO Logistics Donation Point
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Central Baptist Church, 3707 Harrisburg Rd.
- Diapers, bottled water, canned goods, non-perishable items, toiletries, garbage bags, paper items, plates, napkins, Solo or styrofoam cups, new clothing items, can openers, pet supplies (new only), and cash donations.
- Volunteers available to help carry and load the goods into the trailer.
- Mental Health Counseling: Craighead County Crisis Response Team. Emergency Crisis Call Center, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 1-800-356-3035; Non-emergency warm line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 1-833-236-2121.
- Distribution of clothes, toys, diapers, hygiene products, toilet paper, home goods, food and furniture: Grace Baptist Church, 3930 Aggie Road, Jonesboro April 2 and April 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 4 and April 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Go to the west side of the church drive-thru, ID or proof of residence is needed. 870-935-1174.
- Food, cleaning supplies, furniture and appliances: Nettleton Church of Christ, 3521 East Highland Drive, Jonesboro. April 2 and 3 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; April 4 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and week of April 6, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Animals: Jonesboro Animal Control, 6119 East Highland, call 870-935-3920 for more information.
- Tommy’s Car Wash, 1821 S Caraway Rd
- Valley View strip mall (near the Bingo place)
- ERA Doty, 2529 S Caraway Rd.
- Reynolds Financial Services, Inc., 1811 Executive Square Jonesboro, 870-931-7575.
- Image Reality, South Pointe Dr. Paragould, 870-236-2121.
- Lost Pizza 906 Southwest Drive Jonesboro, 870-520-6227.
- Carbon Skin and Wellness, 509 Southwest Dr. Suite C & D, 870-565-9472
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