LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Volunteers from everywhere in Arkansas are lending a hand to their neighbors in Oklahoma following a devastating storm.
Renew Church in Cabot reached out to its members Tuesday night to put together some disaster relief boxes for those affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. Within 10 hours, 150 members collected enough boxes to fill a storage unit. They also collected enough money to cover the cost of the trip and buy more supplies once they get to Moore.
The church is partnering with Helping His Hands, which is a ministry disaster response team.
Red Cross crews in Arkansas have also left for Oklahoma.
Jim Harlow with the Red Cross said they waited until Wednesday to see what Tuesday's storms would do here. He said seven of the Arkansas emergency relief vehicles are headed to Moore.
"Going out and chasing these disasters and living out of a sleeping bag and on a cot sometimes is not for everyone, but if you do have that inclination, this is a good way to go out and see the best of people and the worst of people," said Harlow.
Harlow wasn't sure when the group would be back, but he said most deployment last for two weeks.
Young Arkansas students are even doing their part this week to help the children affected in Monday's tornado. Students at Roberts Elementary in Little Rock are working to fill gallon Ziploc bags with items for kids.
"We hope to have a lot of these packages. We hope that every single child that was devastated by the tornado will get a fun packet," said Patty Snipes, the east facilitator at Roberts Elementary, who also said they hope other schools get involved.
Some of the items students are filling the bags with are crayons, books and small toys.
Many pets have also been injured or lost after the tornado. Jenny Matthews, a vet technician from Central Arkansas, packed up her supplies and head their way with donations of blankets, collars, and food in tow.
"I was gonna go there this weekend just for Memorial Weekend to be on vacation and decided I needed to do something to help," she explained.
Matthews, who has family in Oklahoma, has teamed up with the Oklahoma Animal Shelter and said she plans on doing whatever it is they need her to do while she is in town.
For more information on how you can help through any of these organizations, please visit the links below:
How to help Oklahoma tornado victims
Joey's friends helping animals in Oklahoma
Helping His Hands disaster response
Arkansas Red Cross
You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to Oklahoma relief.