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Ark. disaster relief volunteers prepare 4,300 meals for tornado victims

Matt Ramsey
Arkansas Baptist State Convention 

LITTLE ROCK – Since arriving in Vilonia two days ago volunteers with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention’s (ABSC) mobile mass feeding unit have prepared more than 4,300 hot meals for victims displaced by the killer tornado that devastated the community April 27.

The Red Cross is providing and distributing food while ABSC disaster relief volunteers are preparing the meals.

“The Arkansas Baptist State Convention disaster relief crews are diligently working in affected areas,” said Joe Garner, ABSC disaster relief director. “Our mass feeding unit is stationed in Vilonia and volunteers are preparing about 2,800 meals per day at the request of the Red Cross. We are continuing to partner with the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. We will remain in the affected areas until the last person is helped.”

In addition to the feeding unit, eight teams of ABSC disaster relief recovery (chainsaw) volunteers are helping cut down trees and helping with clean up efforts in Vilonia, Mayflower and Little Rock. To date, the chainsaw volunteers have completed 30 jobs. An ABSC disaster relief mobile shower unit is also on site at the Beryl Baptist.

A total of 135 volunteers are currently part of ABSC disaster relief efforts in Vilonia, Mayflower and Little Rock. 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.

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 on Buckets of Love go to www.absc.org and click the “Buckets of Love” button.

Matt Ramsey is the communications director for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

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