Arkansas volunteers gearing up to help Hurricane Irma victims

Arkansans working to help Irma victims after already helping Harvey victims

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Storm relief continues to pour out from the Natural State to surrounding areas devastated by recent hurricanes, flooding, and tropical storms.

One Jonesboro man and a group of friends just returned Sunday morning from lending a hand in Texas.

“It took all day using forklifts and manpower. All volunteer work,” said Moin Kazi.

In less than 24 hours, he and his friends made a world of difference in the lives of hundreds of people.

“It was a lot of work and physical labor. There were a lot of cases of water and canned goods,” John Nichols said.

Over 28,000 bottles of water to be exact. 

“Not many people will go out and buy a couple of semitrailers, they thought I was crazy. But it can happen,” Kazi said.

A friend of his who lives in Houston told him how bad things still are after the states most historic flooding. So, he patterned with friends in Nacogdoches, Texas to offer disaster relief.

"I told them I was coming down with two semi-trailers full of donations from local people, individuals, churches, schools, and businesses,” said Kazi.

Wanting to use his resources for a good cause, he purchased two semi-trailers and started filling them with donations. He also set up nearly 18 different drop off locations around the state for others who wanted to help.

“We had dog food, cat food, mops, detergent, soap bars, shampoo, tooth brushes. Just all the things you need,” he added.

In a just week, he gathered over $350,000 worth of donations for Nacogdoches. John Nichols said the community was surprised when they arrived.

“They seemed to be really excited and happy that people were willing to travel 7-8 hours out of their way on their free time to do something for them,” said Nichols.

And it doesn't stop there. Kazi hopes to turn his mission into a global non-profit.

“We already are taking donations up for Florida and I still have another truck load to take to Texas,” Kazi said.

Kazi wants his non-profit to assist with different types of natural disasters and is working to secure more trucks and trailers. He is also in the process of trying to set up more drop off locations throughout the state as he gears up to help Irma victims.

If you want to get involved or have donations, click here. There you can keep up with his efforts and find a list of drop off locations.

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