PINE BLUFF, Ark. — On Sunday, we spoke to a victim who lost all his things after a tornado hit his Pine Bluff apartment complex nearly a week ago.
Since then, the community has come together to make sure their neighbors have everything they need.
“Anytime that people are blessed beyond measure, even though this tragedy didn’t affect you personally, we have to help our neighbors out,” Elks Lodge spokesperson James Wilburn said.
The Red Cross’ direct assistance will stop Tuesday, but community members are making sure every need is met.
“We have received so many donations from so many kind people. I have a long list of names,” Red Cross Disaster Specialist Michelle Corbin said.
Places like the First Assembly Church have donated things like water, hygiene products and other things people need right now.
“It’s amazing at how communities come together. I’ve heard of this happening in other communities, but it’s just awesome to experience it first hand in your own community. So, I can only say we are a blessed people knowing how to bless others in times of need,” Mayor Shirley Washington said.
Wednesday, victims can go to the Red Cross located in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Service Center to get information about apartment refunds and other assistance available. This will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“Coming together as a community and you know have the different agencies so we can partner and talk with them about the next steps,” Corbin said.
The Salvation Army in Pine Bluff will be providing food and shelter for those waiting for a permanent home.
Pine Bluff city officials said donations are being accepted by:
The Salvation Army of Pine Bluff
(870) 534-0504 or visit 501 E 12th Avenue
The American Red Cross Pine Bluff
(870) 534-7312 or visit 211 W 3rd Avenue
The United Way of Southeast Arkansas
(870) 534-2153 or visit 211 W 3rd Avenue
The Faith Community Coalition
Checks can be made out to "COC" and sent to Lakeside UMC at 1500 S Olive Street.