Tornado Victims Move Into New Phase of Recovery

Published 06/05 2014 08:10AM

Updated 06/05 2014 08:58AM

MAYFLOWER, AR -- Many victims of the April 27th tornado are entering a new phase of recovery.

They're now beginning to move into new and rebuilt homes, and volunteers trying to help are finding a shortfall in supplies.

In the days and weeks after the tornado, food, water and sanitary donations came pouring in. Now, with victims starting over, volunteers are hoping for a new flood of donations.

"This is bedroom one," said Rosie Hollingshead, showing us around her new digs Wednesday. The home was bought with an insurance payout after the place she lived with her grandparents was destroyed in the tornado on her 15th birthday.

Insurance money paid off the old house and bought the new one, but that's about it.

"We have no furniture and appliances," Hollingshead said.

Volunteer Tonya Miller says they aren't alone.

"We're currently transitioning from that first response to targeting individuals that are now getting home," Miller said.

Miller and other volunteers hoping for a new round of donations to help fulfill the need.

If you want to donate appliances, volunteers are accepting at locations across Faulkner County.

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