By Cindy Huge, American Red Cross, Volunteer Contributor
Ashley Crow struggled to find the words to tell her story as tears rolled down her cheeks. She stood watching as family and friends removed from her home three generations of household items ruined by flood waters. Everything she and her family owned, soaking wet and muddy, quickly piled up at the end of the driveway.
“I am so grateful for all the help that my family and community have given me to try and salvage anything we could, but unfortunately all is gone.”
As we spoke with Crow, a neighbor handed her grandmother a family picture she found in a nearby mud puddle. “You have no idea how precious this is to me,” Crow sobbed. “I have very little to remember them by.”
Crow and her family were told to immediately evacuate their home on Monday night, May 1, in Pocahontas, AR as the flood waters began to rapidly rise. They grabbed a few items and sought shelter in the home of a friend. When they were finally able to safely return home on Friday, May 5, they were shocked to see their home and all of their belongings covered in mud and water.
“We are very thankful that the American Red Cross has been bringing us cold water and snacks as we clean this all up. Volunteers also encouraged us to go to the community shelter for our meals. The food was very good and given to us at no cost. It was so nice to be able to sit down to a nice hot meal and rest for a few minutes.”
Relief efforts continued in the town of Pocahontas on Saturday, May 6, as community partners worked together to bring hope to those who lost everything. The American Red Cross, in partnership with Southern Baptist Convention disaster relief team, has provided over 100 hot meals daily to residents affected by the flood. Warm homemade beef soup and delicious toasted cheese sandwiches along with strawberries and vanilla-chocolate cake were served for Saturday lunch.
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