It took one email for the presidents of five northwest Arkansas chambers of commerce to decide how to help our neighbors in the River Valley.
“When you hurt, we hurt,” said Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce president, Steve Clark. “We want to help you get back from that feeling of hurting and more to that feeling of success.”
On Friday (May 31), the presidents of the Rogers-Lowell, Bentonville, Springdale, Fayetteville, and Siloam Springs chambers announced they would donate to River Valley flood relief efforts.
“We wrote a check for $500,” Clark said. “This is our way of saying we’re part of the family, we’re part of the team.”
Clark said the money will go toward food and supplies.
“Not much of it’s going to go for rebuilding,” Clark said. “It’s for the immediate needs. It’s for people who have been displaced from their homes, and they need to stay at a motel room for four nights.”
“The tragic consequences of the hardship on people is going to last as long as the floodwaters are with us,” said U.S. Representative Steve Womack.
Congressman Womack said he’s proud of the northwest Arkansas chambers for getting involved.
“These chambers up here recognize how inextricably linked the economy of northwest Arkansas is to the Arkansas River Valley,” Womack said.
Womack emphasizes everyone helping people in the area are on the right side of history.
“This is something we’ve never seen before in our lifetime, may never see again in our lifetime,” Womack said. “But for the moments today, we’ve got to help people.”