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Arkansas Baptist disaster relief feeding unit deployed to Vilonia

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas chapter of the American Red Cross has asked the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) to deploy its mobile, mass feeding unit to Vilonia, to assist with ministering to victims displaced by a massive tornado that devastated the community April 27. The feeding unit will provide up to 10,000 hot meals per day. The Red Cross will provide the food and ABSC volunteers will be preparing meals.

Disaster relief volunteers with the Calvary Baptist Association serve in Vilonia. As of April 29, about 1,500 meals have been prepared by the volunteers, according to the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.The feeding unit from Calvary Baptist Association will be located at Beryl Baptist Church in Vilonia. It will be in place later today, April 28, and begin serving meals this evening. The church is located at 873 Main Street in Vilonia.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the storms,” said J.D. “Sonny” Tucker, ABSC executive director. “Our disaster relief units are on the ground and others are waiting for notifications from local authorities. Arkansas Baptists will be a part of rebuilding lives and reestablishing hope.

In addition to the feeding unit from Calvary Baptist Association preparing meals in Vilonia, a Geyer Springs First Baptist Church shower unit is located in Vilonia, along with chainsaw crews from Union Valley Baptist Church, Beebe, the Arkansas Valley Baptist Association and the Bartholomew Baptist Association. Chainsaw crews from Faulkner Baptist Association, Balboa Baptist Church, Hot Springs Village, Central Baptist Association and the Arkansas River Valley Baptist Association are serving in Mayflower. Another chainsaw team from The Church at Rock Creek is serving in west Little Rock.

Arkansans seeking to assist with recovery efforts may make donations to the ABSC disaster relief fund by visiting www.absc.org and clicking on the “Donate Now” button. Donations will go directly to the recovery efforts and victims affected by the storms.

Online donations can be made to the ABSC disaster relief fund by going to www.absc.org and clicking on the “Donate Now” button. These donations go directly to the recovery efforts and victims affected by the storms.

In addition, ABSC leaders are partnering with Arkansans to collect “Buckets of Love,” consisting of a plastic five-gallon bucket packed with selected items. For more information about bucket items, go to www.absc.org and click on the “Buckets of Love” button.

For additional information on the disaster relief efforts contact Matt Ramsey at 501-376-4791, ext. 5158 or email mramsey@absc.org.

Arkansas Baptists are part of a larger network of Southern Baptist volunteers trained to respond to disas- ters by manning mass feeding operations, using chainsaws to clear downed trees and limbs, clear mud out of flooded homes and more. Together, Southern Baptists comprise the third largest relief organiza- tion in the United States.

To learn more about Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief, go to www.absc.org/disasterrelief

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Reader Comments (1)

Thank you so much for this amazing ministry. My son, Matt Baxter, is the youth minister at Pleasant Grove Baptist in Conway. His home was destroyed in Vilonia on Aspen Creek Dr. We have a huge support system and know The Lord will guide and provide for his families every need.
As long time Southern Baptists, we have always known about and supported the Disaster Relief ministry....never knowing that our family would be on the receiving end.
His mercies are new every morning....Praise Be To God!
Alison & Nick Baxter

April 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlison Marsh Baxter

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