Volunteers pouring into small communities to help

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Many small communities are still hurting tonight after Sunday's storms.

We've visited several of those areas as they rebuild their homes and lives.

When we found Jennifer Johnston on Otto Road, she was picking through what's left of her mobile home, searching specifically for her wedding ring.

"It was in my jewelry box sitting right there but my drawers are missing out of it."

She didn't find it, but told us she already had everything she needed. "My kids were safe. My parents were safeā€¦."

Thirteen of her family members survived in the storm cellar next door.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, strangers started joining the family to help.

"Lots of volunteers. Some of these people we don't even know. They just showed up to help," said Johnston.

Volunteers have been coming from places like Oak Bowery Baptist Church just a mile down the road. It's a center for relief supplies.

"They don't just talk the talk when it comes to helping people they walk the walk," said Matt Corkran, Pastor at Oak Bowery Baptist Church

The pastor said help came to this rural corner from across the country. Even five guys from Bastrop, Texas arrived with a trailer full of free burgers.

"We just kept moving through until somebody welcomes our help," said Jonah Beyer of Bastrop, Texas.

"It's not a surprise to me that people have come out in such large numbers. So it's heartwarming and its humbling and it's been a humbling experience," said Cara Cromwell, Vilonia High School Teacher and volunteer.

These volunteers are making the experience after the tornado better for people like Jennifer Johnston, one day and one piece at a time.

"It's awesome. It's awesome that they would just go out and help someone they don't even know," said Johnston.


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