Tornado Relief: Why Do We Help?

Devastating tornados have been ripping through much of Middle America, including our home states of Arkansas and Oklahoma. There are so many people in need right now. I have been asking myself an easy question; "if I woke up tomorrow and had nothing, what would I need?" That question may sound easy, but it really hits home when you think about it. I would need to brush my teeth, but I don't have a tooth brush or toothpaste. I'd like to eat breakfast, but there is none. I would like to get dressed, but in what? What if I have to face that, and also have the responsibility of children, what shall I feed my baby? How will I change his diaper? These very basic and mindless things, become big obstacles, and the good news is that we can all help.

For those of us who are busy: Text to donate: REDCROSS to 90999, STORM to 80888 (Salvation Army), TORNADO to 50555 (United Way) to give $10. (This charge is added to your phone bill.)

For those of us who are short on cash: toothbrush ($2.97), Towel ($6.00), Baby wipes ($.98), Baby food ($.50 per jar), deodorant ($2.48).  Even if you can just get 1 item, you are still helping.

There are those of us who can volunteer time, give blood; deliver water to the other volunteers, run a chain saw, offer rides, cook meals, and obviously, this list can go on and on.

Harry Robinson Buick GMC is currently a donation drop off for the Joplin relief effort. If you bring your donations by any time this week, we will get them to Van Buren First Church of the Nazarene. This volunteer group is making daily trips to Joplin to drop off supplies and bring help to the people of Joplin.

Our hearts are saddened by the grief that has been caused by the tornados this year. Thank you to all of the relief workers, and to all of you who donate to help your fellow neighbors.  

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