Center Hill residents are desperate for volunteer help

CENTER HILL, Ark. (KTHV) – We've heard so many stories and seen countless images of the damage and cleanup efforts in Vilonia and Mayflower, but another area hard hit by Sunday's tornado is Center Hill -- a small town in White County about an hour northeast of Little Rock. Here, residents are desperate for volunteer help.

KSDK's Grant Bissell was in a small neighborhood off Bloodworth Road just north of Center Hill. Every home that once stood there is completely gone, and the people that live there are hoping there's enough goodwill left over for them.

Michael and Ashley King and their 2 year-old son narrowly escaped Mother Nature's fury Sunday night, leaving about 14 minutes before the storm touched down. They came back to find nothing left but an exposed foundation.

Over the past few days, relief efforts have been slow. Center Hill is pretty rural and first Responder Joy Sexton said most people just don't know the area was hit by the tornado.

Sexton is volunteering with the American Red Cross, and she said the people of Center Hill need all kinds of assistance, including money, food, and clothing. They also need volunteers to run chainsaws and haul away fields of debris.

But, the people of Center Hill haven't been left completely on their own. Valley Baptist Church and Harding College have stepped in to help as much as possible. A lot of Harding students have gathered clothes and washed them. Another family came by to donate toys for the Kings' son.


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