LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas chapter of the American Red Cross has asked the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) to deploy its mobile, mass feeding unit to Vilonia, to assist with ministering to victims displaced by a massive tornado that devastated the community April 27.

The feeding unit will provide up to 10,000 hot meals per day. The Red Cross will provide the food and ABSC volunteers will be preparing meals.

The feeding unit will be located at Beryl Baptist Church of Vilonia. It will be in place later today, April 28, and begin serving meals this evening. The church is located at 873 Main Street in Vilonia.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the storms," said J.D. "Sonny" Tucker, ABSC executive director. "Our disaster relief units are on the ground and others are waiting for notifications from local authorities. Arkansas Baptists will be a part of rebuilding lives and reestablishing hope."

In addition to the feeding unit, several ABSC disaster relief recovery (chain saw) units have been put on alert, but are not being allowed in the affected areas at this time since search and rescue operations are ongoing.

Online donations can be made to the ABSC disaster relief fund by going to and clicking on the "Donate Now" button. These donations go directly to the recovery efforts and victims affected by the storms.

In addition, ABSC leaders are partnering with Arkansans to collect "Buckets of Love," consisting of a plastic five-gallon bucket packed with selected items. For more information about bucket items, go to and click on the "Buckets of Love" button.

For additional information on the disaster relief efforts please contact Matt Ramsey at 501-376-4791, ext. 5158 or email

Arkansas Baptists are part of a larger network of Southern Baptist volunteers trained to respond to disasters by manning mass feeding operations, using chainsaws to clear downed trees and limbs, clear mud out of flooded homes and more. Together, Southern Baptists comprise the third largest relief organization in the United States.

To learn more about Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief, go