A Conway native who now lives in Texas was overwhelmed by the response she received when she challenged her hometown to donate items to help with hurricane relief in her new state.
"Everyone went above and beyond what I could even imagine," Angelia Scott-Dunbar told the Log Cabin Democrat as volunteers loaded a tractor-trailer with donations at the church she grew up in. "It meant a lot."
The donations will be distributed at churches in Houston, Port Arthur and Beaumont, Texas, she said.
As she helped volunteers load cases upon cases of bottled water and other staples onto the truck, Scott-Dunbar praised her helpers.
"We called them today to see if they could help and they showed up this afternoon," she said, adding that churches from Little Rock and North Little Rock also donated items. "All the churches came together. It’s just powerful."
Asked why she took it upon herself to collect items to help hurricane victims, Scott-Dunbar said that’s the way her mother raised her.
"I was taught to give," she said. "It matters how you grow up."
Scott-Dunbar’s mom, Ann Scott, was on site as the donations were being loaded and she beamed with pride as she watched her daughter. Her only criticism of Angelia was related to how often her daughter makes it back to Arkansas to visit: "Not enough."