Red Cross Helps Rebuild Central Arkansas

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The Red Cross is helping people in Central Arkansas rebuild their lives after Sunday’s tornado.

Donna Wood with the Red Cross is one of many helping tornado victims.

“Major damage in this lovely community,” said Wood. “A wonderful coming together of community resources.”

Those resources include 100 volunteers, three shelters, and more than 1,000 meals being distributed daily.

“People are coming in for a shower and getting a safe place to eat,” said Wood. “At this point we have 14 people in our shelters.”

Wood said that number could go up considering the living condition for many.

“One woman said to me ‘I don`t know why I`m alive. I was in my bedroom I laid on the floor then I woke up.’ Everything was gone around her and she was just lying there herself,” said Wood.

Wood said seeing not only the Red Cross but a community pulling as one, shows a shaken region slowly but surely on their way home.

The Red Cross said they plan on staying in Central Arkansas for as long as they are needed.

Their workers are coming from all over the region, including out of state. Donna wood is from Sallisaw, Okla.

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