Reports continue to arrive of individuals, businesses and organizations that have offered help with recent disasters.
• Employees of Tokusen, a private company in Conway with a branch in Ono City, Japan, raised about $29,000 for the Red Cross of Japan for earthquake and tsunami victims.
After the Vilonia tornado took everything away from one of their fellow employees, they raised an additional $8,000 to help her and her family.
Linda Hicks, the Log Cabin correspondent in Vilonia, writes that current volunteer needs in Vilonia are a tree service to remove trees from five or six homes, a stump removal service to remove a couple of big stumps, and people willing to help with demolition and restoration of the homes of some elderly people.
Others who have responded to our request for information about those who have helped include the following.
• An account for John and Micki Fason, whose Black Oak area home was damaged in the April 25 tornado, has been set up at Centennial Bank.
• Regions Bank (NYSE:RF) has contributed $1 million to help those affected by the devastating outbreak of tornadoes that struck Southern states. In addition, donations for the American Red Cross’ Tornado Disaster Relief Fund will be accepted from the general public at all Regions Bank branches in the 16 states the company serves.
Regions is providing assistance to customers and businesses in storm affected areas. These include special loan offers, waivers on penalties for CD withdrawals, deferred payments on various loans and discounts on new business loans.
• Don Drake of Lions International wrote:
The Vilonia Lions Club and Conway Noon Lions Club cooperated in administering a $10,000 grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) that was distributed to tornado victims in the form of $100 vouchers that could be used to buy food, clothing, medicine, and other necessities at Walmart.
The voucher distribution began May 6 at the One-Day Disaster Assistance Center at Beryl Baptist Church. During that time, 82 of the 100 vouchers available from the LCIF grant were distributed.
Following that event, members of the clubs continued the voucher distribution at the Vilonia Senior Citizens Center.
By Thursday, the remaining vouchers available through the LCIF grant had been distributed. The clubs then distributed an additional $1,400 in vouchers which were funded by contributions from both Lions Clubs and individual Lions.
During the voucher distribution, the Vilonia Lions Club was also distributing $100 gift cards to storm victims to use for needs not covered by the LCIF grant. The club had received $3,000 from an anonymous donor.
Drake said, “Thanks to the members of the Vilonia Lions Club and Conway Noon Lions Club for their help with the distribution of vouchers and gift cards and to Walmart No. 5 for their help with voucher redemption.
“As part of the relief effort after the disaster in Vilonia we would like to thank the Senior Citizens Center for allowing us space to conduct our relief effort before and after the 6th of May event.
“Billy Mitchell and his crew at the center opened around-the-clock, directing clean-up, collecting and storing food and supplies, and feeding the army of volunteers. We are forever grateful.”
To add to this list of volunteer efforts, send information to firstname.lastname@example.org with “disaster relief” in the subject line.