ArkanStrong - Relief for Arkansas Tornado Victims.

Prayers are all well and good, and much appreciated, but for those who know that sometimes action and physical help is needed, Arkansas needs you now.
As you may or may not know, we dodged another weather bullet when the tornadoes swept through Arkansas Sunday evening.

A few miles away from us, a good chunk of Mayflower was leveled.  Not much farther parts of Vilonia were wiped out.  Again.

We are trying to put together a comprehensive list of places that are offering help, need help, and / or are collecting donations and whatnot.

If you aren't sure what you can do but want to help, even sharing this will help spread the word and bring awareness to the needs of our community.

Most of you know we are very globally conscious and try to bring awareness whenever and wherever there is a need.  This time, it really hits home.

To all of our blogging pals-  if any of you can reach out to some of your sponsors, we'll get them as much publicity as we possibly can, we are fairly active on social media and would love to shine the light on those who make a difference.   We have so many who have lost everything, from lives to homes to pets to all of their possessions to hope and we need help.

We will be updating this post regularly as we can, but we figured better to get started and add later than not have anything at all because it isn't complete.  Please feel free to leave a comment with anything you think should be added and we'll get to it as we can.

***** There are, sadly, already scammers out there.  Please, if you want to help, donate to reputable sources.*****

President Obama has approved a major disaster declaration for Faulkner County which will allow tornado victims to apply for individual assistance as they recover from the storm.    Call FEMA 1-800-621-3362

To volunteer with clean-up:
Report to the Mayflower Middle School 18 Eagle Circle  Mayflower, AR  72106

American Red Cross Tornado Relief Fund - donate here.
Call 1-800-REDCROSS, make an online donation here or text REDCROSS to 90999.

ARC Operated Shelters
Beryl Baptist Church  873 Main Street  Vilonia, AR
St Joseph's Catholic Church 1115 College Ave  Conway, AR
ARC Supported Shelters
Mayflower Middle School  10 Leslie King Dr.  Mayflower AR
Antioch Baptist Church  150 Amity Road  Conway, AR
Oak Bowery Baptist Church  889 Otto Road  Conway, AR
Point of Grace  1070 Markham St  Conway, AR

If you are in Little Rock this week and would like to donate 103.7 The Buzz will be taking donations all day Thursday at Jim's Razorback Pizza and Verizon Arena.

***For anyone who lost digital pictures***   A big thanks to Kevin and everyone who is using their skills and talents to assist those in need.  I swiped this right from FB so you will know what he's offering.
Kevin Carmical has offered to do what he can to assist you-  click here if you or someone you know can use his services.
I've noticed that family pictures are a big theme in news about the storm damage. People finding them, people looking for them, etc. I can't even imagine losing all my pictures. I think that would be one of the hardest things about storm damage. 
I realize that a lot of people have pictures that live only digitally; they never had prints made of them, but they're just as gone because their computer was damaged or destroyed in the storm.
So, with that in mind, I'm making an offer. If you or anyone you know are able to find your computer among the storm damage, I will try to recover your photos at no charge. I can't promise that it will work, but it's at least worth a try. It's fine if it won't power on, has no screen, keys are missing, whatever... I can still give it a shot. It's better than just assuming they're lost.
Please pass the word if you know anyone who might need this. It's not much, but it's the least I can do for people who have been through so much.
EDITED TO CLARIFY: This offer is for pictures only, please. I can't search for iTunes music, tax returns, etc.

Vilonia First Baptist is offering a BBQ Lunch & Dinner Weds, April 30th  1206 Main Street  Vilonia, AR

Taziki’s Conway will be giving FREE meals to volunteers and victims of Sunday’s tornadoes today and tomorrow. Please contact JD Smith at 501-765-0237 or by email at for more information.

ATTENTION: To the tornado victims and workers. On Thursday May 1st starting around 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. we will be grilling in Black Oak Arkansas on 39 Black ranch Rd. This is a FREE meal provided to those in need!! Please feel free to come by and get something to eat and rest for a few! GOD BLESS!!!! Please pass the word around! If you need additional info please call Shane 501-581-3523.

San Antonio Shoes will be at Otto Road in Saltillo Fri & Sat 9am - 5pm.  They have approximately 3000 shoes for anyone affected by the storm, first come, first serve.  

Arkansas Storm Team Relief & Recovery Telethon: call 1-501-340-4922 or text STORM to 80888.  Confirm your text donation by texting back yes.

Salvation Army is asking for monetary donations online, by phone 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)
You can also send a check designated to Arkansas Tornado Relief to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 738
North Little Rock, AR 72115-0738

The United Way of Central Arkansas will be a drop off point for the following supplies:
  • Suncscreen
  • Tarps
  • Hand Santizer
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Laundry Softener
  • Bleach
  • New Blankets
  • New Pillows
  • Bottled Water
  • Cash donations 
1120 Oak St Conway, AR.  Please call with any questions, 501-327-5087.  Click here to make a cash donation.

United Methodists of Arkansas are accepting donations at the following locations:
FUMC Maumelle, 1201 Edgewood Drive, Maumelle, AR. Open Tuesday, 9-5 am and Wednesday 9-8
Grace Conway, 1075 Hogan Lane, Conway. Open 9 am – 3 pm Today through Thursday
Christ UMC Cabot, 15361 Highway 5, Cabot (next to Greystone Sonic) 9 am – 6 pm
Arkansas Rice Depot, 3801 W. 65th Street, Little Rock. Open Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm
Fairview Camden, 2603 Mount Holly Rd, Camden. Open 9am -4 pm Monday – Thursday, 870-231-4383
They are also asking you to notify them via the Call Center if you can help (volunteer, offer supplies, etc) or if you know of a need of a homeowner or support for volunteers. Email or call 501.324.8045

The Conway Family Bowl 1010 East Oak St Conway, AR (501) 329-2638  is taking donations for kids age 3-12 including blocks, board games, books, coloring books & crayons, basically anything to distract them.  

DROP OFF LOCATION in NLR: You can drop off items for the tornado victims at our Huffman Realty NLR office (3615 JFK). Canned goods, bottled water, clothes, shoes, small walmart giftcards etc. anytime 10am till late tonight. We can be reached at 501-588-1040 (Pls SHARE)
Bottled Water
Nonperishable food
Canned food
Work Gloves
Baby wipes
Hand Sanitizer
Paper Towels
Baby formula
Dog food
Large plastic storage totes
Heavy Duty Trash Bags
Small amount Wal-Mart gift cards
5 gallon buckets

If you find an injured animal:  The Faulkner County Humane Society will pay for treatment at the Vilonia Animal Clinic.  You MUST commit to providing shelter, they cannot physically keep the animals.  For more info click here.

Azore Veterinary Specialist - there is a family that has lost everything and their dog was injured.  Surgery will be donated, and they are asking for donations for other associated costs to get this poor family's dog back to them.  They will be updating here.
Donation Link

Animals in need - dog & cat food, crates & kennels, stitches & tetanus shots for horses, etc.  Please make donations or drop off supplies at Faulkner County Courthouse 801 Locust St in Conway, AR  72034 501-445-6112

J.R.'s Hobby Horse has crates available and can care for misplaced livestock.  Call 501-327-3667 or 501-581-5752.

Hawk Center (Helping Arkansas' Wild Kritters)-  Call or text if you find an animal that needs help. 479-222-0528

Faulkner County SPCA is accepting online donations for supplies, boarding and treatment via Paypal at

Dr Wadley from Mayflower is working to help animals. He lost his vet clinic but is helping pets at Mayflower City Hall. Any found pets should go there please.  AND THIS IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF WHAT MAKES US ARKANSTRONG.  A personal thanks, Dr. Wadley.

Thank you so very much for anything you can do to help.  Remember, even sharing this post will spread the word and hopefully reach those who can make a difference,  Every little bit helps.

All of us here in the Loonyverse.  

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St. Jude Warrior

On may 10th, I will be running Warrior Dash.
I fully expect it to kick my rear. I had my baby Jan. 31st, spent a week with him in the hospital just after I was released back to exercise (c-section), and have generally not been training like I should. Or eating right. Or sleeping well.
New baby, you know?

All of that being said, I am going to run it anyways. I will go through mud, barbed wire, mud, obstacles, mud, fire, and mud. I will be filthy, and sore, and probably love every minute of it.

I am signed up to be a St. Jude warrior- meaning I am raising money for St. Jude's, the children's cancer research institute. You know, the one where no one gets a bill, which is awesome because if you have to be there things suck enough without thinking about how you will pay for it.  My personal goal is $300, and to finish the race. Sure, it would be easy to say "no, I'm not ready, not this year, I'm not in shape, I don't have time, blah blah..."

But I said I would do it. I will raise money. I will finish the race. I will prance around in my fuzzy viking helmet!

Who knows, maybe by next year I can raise $1000 and enter the competitive leg. One thing at a time, though =P

Please consider donating to help the children and families at St. Jude, or share the link if you are not able to. I promise pictures of me covered in mud when this is all over.
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Quick and Easy Crochet Cocoon & Bear Hat Free Pattern

I intentionally made this pattern a little big so my newest Grandson, Gabriel would be able to use it for the cool season since he was due in February and his brother was a huge moose when he was born.  Naturally, Gabe was a little peanut so he didn't need the extra room, but here he is at several weeks old.

Newborn cocoon and bear hat free crochet pattern
10.00 crochet hook, J - 6.00 crochet hook; 3 skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease thick & quick prints 502 Mesquite; 1 skein Lion Brand Homespun thick & quick 412 Pearls

Round 1: 10 dc in magic ring, join w/sl st
Round 2: ch 2, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st across, join w/sl st (20 dc)
Round 3: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st, repeat from * around, join w/sl st (30 dc)
Round 4: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 st, repeat from * around, join w/sl st (40 dc)
Round 5: ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 3 st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 st, repeat from * around, join w/sl st (50 dc)
Round 6 - 16: ch 2, dc in each st around, join w/sl st
Round 17: attach new color, ch 2, 2hdc in same st, 2 hdc in next st, *3 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st around
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Bear hat
Round 1: 10 dc in magic ring, join w/sl st
Round 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each st around, join w/sl st
Round 3: ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st around, join w/sl st
Round 4: ch 2, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 st around, join w/sl st
Round 5-7: ch 2, dc in each st around, join w/sl st
Round 8: ch 1, reverse sc around, join w/sl st
Fasten off and weave in ends

Ears - make 2 (J hook)
Round 1: 6 dc in magic ring, pull tight (half circle made); turn
Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each st across, turn
Round 3: attach new color, ch 2, *3 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st across
Fasten off and weave in ends
Newborn crochet bear hat and cocoon free pattern.

Please feel free to use this pattern as you see fit, all I ask in return is if you choose to use it on your blog or website, please include a link back.

Thank you, and enjoy.

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Quick and Easy Crochet Floppy Bunny Ears Hat Free Pattern

 I made this for the niece of my daughter Devon and her fiance Byron, last year.  Better late than never, right?  It is super easy and works up quickly.  Hope you enjoy-  if you make it up, please let me know how it worked out for you.

Bunny ear baby hat (newborn - 3 months) bulky baby yarn, size k crochet hook
R: 1 Magic ring, ch 2, 11 more dc join w/slip stitch (12 dc)
R: 2 ch 2, dc in same st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next stitch around, join w/slip stitch (18 dc)
R: 3 ch 2, dc in same st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st around, join w/slip stitch (27 dc)
R: 4 ch 2, dc in same st, *dc in next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next st around, join w/slip stitch (36 dc)
R: 5 ch 2, dc in each stitch around, join w/slip st (36 dc)
R: 6 ch 2, dc in each stitch around, join w/slip st (36 dc)
R: 7 ch 2, dc in each stitch around, join w/slip st (36 dc)
change color
R: 8 ch 2, dc in each stitch around (36 dc) fasten off.

Please feel free to use this pattern as you see fit, all I ask in return is if you choose to use it on your blog or website, please include a link back.

Thank you, and enjoy.

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