When the big tornado hit Moore, Okla., last week, a friend of mine was very fortunate not to have been in the middle of it. An Arkansas resident, she grew up in a little town not far from Moore, and she was visiting her parents in her hometown when the storm hit. My husband and I were enjoying a leisurely day at home when we got a group text from my friend’s husband, who was at work, hundreds of miles away from her, in Arkansas. He was anxiously awaiting news that his wife was fine. After a few tense moments, we found out she was safe.

A lot of people around here suffered through anxious moments of wondering if their friends and relatives were going to be alright that day. One family I know in Moore actually lost their house and everything in it, but everyone survived — even the pets. Now, the cleanup and rebuilding, that’s going to take a while.

You may have read in the newspaper a few days ago that Antioch Baptist Church (150 Amity Road) is collecting supplies to take to Moore. I think it’s worth mentioning again. There may be other groups around town helping out, but this is the one I know about. If you would be willing to donate, you can take items by the church during business hours Tuesday through Thursday this week. Or today, of course.

Donors have been generous, but right now a few generators are desperately needed, as restoring power to the area will take a while. If you can donate a generator, call the church at 501-329-5153. You may have to leave a message. The office will be closed for Memorial Day. Someone will call you back.

Supplies for cleanup and rebuilding are needed, such as tools, buckets, tubs and gloves. Another big need is bottled water. Other items listed in the Log Cabin story earlier this week can be found here. http://thecabin.net/latest-news/2013-05-21#.UZ_HL0BvOG4

Sweets for the sweet

Thanks for sticking with me to the end. Here are a few updates for you.

•Gigi’s Cupcakes has a sign up in Conway Commons next to Cherry Berry. The chain has two locations in Little Rock and many others around the country. I know some folks who are excited about this. I’ll let you know when I find out when it is going to open.

•Moo Moo’s Yogurt Bar has a sign up on North Donaghey Avenue near El Parian. I’ll have to follow up on this one as well.

•The Kum and Go at Dave Ward Drive and Donaghey Avenue has opened, and I hear there are a couple more on the way. Come back for more information on where they are going to turn up.

(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to rachelpdickerson@gmail.com)