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In the wake of tornadoes that devastated communities in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and North Carolina, World Vision will be providing food, water, and relief supplies to recovering families.

A team from World Vision’s domestic disaster operations center in Dallas is bringing aid supplies to the Arkansas and Oklahoma areas affected by tornadoes over the weekend. The first supplies of food, water, personal hygiene kits, and blankets will arrive this week.

Several states affected

Tornadoes tore through several states Sunday evening, killing at least 16 people in Arkansas and one in Oklahoma. The worst of the destruction hit northwest of Little Rock, Arkansas in the Faulkner County communities of Mayflower and Vilonia, where fierce winds leveled homes and businesses and overturned trailer trucks.

“We have partners throughout the region, so we’ll work with them to provide assistance in areas where poverty is high and there are many children in need,” says Phyllis Freeman, World Vision’s domestic disaster team director.

In addition to Arkansas and Oklahoma, World Vision will also assist families in North Carolina.

More storms expected

The first tornado of 2014 — and the strongest to strike — raked through eastern North Carolina on Friday, where an 11-month-old boy later died from injuries sustained in the storm. The tornado injured 16 and damaged more than 150 homes with its high winds and hail.

National Weather Service meteorologists warn of continued storms for the Mississippi Valley.

What you can do

World Vision is positioned and equipped to respond to disasters across the United States. In the wake of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, storms, wildfires, and other disasters, American families receive vital supplies and support from World Vision. Today, you can help those suffering in our own country. Your gift will help us respond quickly and effectively to life-threatening emergencies right here in the United States.




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