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World Vision rushing supplies to families, communities affected by deadly tornadoes

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Grand Prairie, TX (April 29, 2014) — Christian humanitarian organization World Vision will send relief supplies tomorrow to rural Arkansas communities hard-hit by this week’s deadly tornadoes. The storms, which are forecast to continue in parts of the South and Midwest, have killed an estimated 35 people and have destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses.

“We respond to tornadoes nearly every year, but this storm system is bigger than anything we’ve seen in a while,” said Phyllis Freeman, World Vision’s director of domestic disaster response, from the organization’s domestic disaster response warehouse. “Affected communities are spread all over the region, but it’s still critical that every community is served and supported during this difficult time.”

The shipment will include supplies like blankets, clothing and personal hygiene kits for between 900 and 1,200 people in and around Mayflower, Arkansas, about 40 miles north of Little Rock, where more than 15 people were killed in this weekend’s storms.

Between October 2012 and September 2013, World Vision provided relief to nearly 80,000 people in the aftermath of five U.S. disasters, including SuperStorm Sandy in New York and deadly tornadoes near Oklahoma City.

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