White County woman's friends help clean up damage

WHITE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - In White County, Jon Shirek of our Gannett sister station WXIA in Atlanta has been visiting with families affected by Sunday's storm. He was in Center Hill on Tuesday.

A woman who lived here is finding out how to rebuild, but her past is beginning to catch up with her.

A lifetime of kindness to friends is catching up with Jane Tanner. She's never known a stranger, never had a customer at Tanner's One Stop in Center Hill that she does not know. She's treated them all as her friends.

"We try to be here for anybody that needs us. I have a lot of friends. They don't have money, well hey, that's okay. They can pay me a day or two later," said Jane Tanner.

"She's done that for us a couple of times. We've come down here and needed gas to get to work, and she'd be, like, just come back when you get paid. She's wonderful," said Chastity Thomas.

So out of nowhere, all her friends who heard she lost her home showed up. They began clearing her property, knowing they can never repay their debt to their friend.

Chastity Thomas lost her home too, but was there to help. "And even though we've had a lot of damage, we feel compelled to help her, too."

The big assistance, from federal government programs, will be arriving across central Arkansas in the next few months.

Jane Tanner, and so many others, will tell you it's no substitute for the tender touch of caring neighbors.


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