Local church lends a helping hand for victims caught in the historic Arkansas River flooding


At one in the afternoon on June 2, the Life.Church parking lot was jam-packed with items such as paper towels, toiletries, and food, and just a couple hours later, that same parking lot was nearly empty. 

“We served today approximately 250 families from this location,” Convoy of Hope Director Stacy Lamb said. 

In the Life.Church parking lot, volunteers looked out for those who have been impacted by the historic flooding in the River Valley. 

“The volunteers are the ones out distributing the resources to the families that are coming up and some cases praying with them,” Lamb said.

Resources including some of the most immediate needs. 

“We had grocery bags full of food, snack items, cleaning supplies, toiletries, hygiene kits, and even packing boxes and totes because after people get flooded out of their homes,” Lamb said. “They gotta do something with their belongings so having packing items like that is a pretty big deal.”

These items were given to help rebuild and restore the Fort Smith community.

“We are just really grateful that we could add some value to what’s going on and maybe provide some relief to them,” Life.Church Fort Smith Campus Pastor Steven Reed said. 

The heart behind all the giving? Campus Pastor Steven Reed says it all comes down to family.

“We’re part of the family here in Fort Smith, and so we thought that we could do something even if it was a small thing, and we wanted to be a part of that,” he said. 

Reed said that today (June 2) was a small step, but one in the right direction. 

“There’s a lot of stuff that still needs to happen in the next couple of weeks and months to come, but hopefully people got some relief today, and we were able to serve them in that way,” he said. 

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