By Arkansas, USA Relief Team (Originally in English)
On the evening of April 27, 2014, a devastating tornado hit Arkansas, USA. Several cities near Little Rock, including Mayflower, Vilonia and Conway suffered great damage, with 16 people losing their lives. Hearing the sad news, Supreme Master Ching Hai lovingly instructed our local Association members to help those in need. Aid was provided to those affected with US$17,432 from Master’s generous relief fund. Our Centers from Austin, Texas and Pennsylvania also contributed a total of US$1,000.
From April 29 to May 2, our Association members from Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas formed a relief team. Cash assistance was delivered to many families in a mobile home community in Mayflower who lost their homes and belongings and had no insurance, and to disadvantaged families living in Conway and Vilonia. Many recipients expressed their gratitude to Supreme Master Ching Hai; some were moved to tears.
On May 18, we returned to Mayflower and distributed additional funds to affected families. Two families were given US$100 each and another family US$300. Also, US$500 was given each for a man and his son. The recipients were surprised and deeply touched by Master’s loving generosity. One woman said to tell Master, “I love her!”
On the way to Mayflower, our team came across a woman who lost her house and desperately needed a place to stay. The team paid for two nights at a hotel for her and gave her US$100 for food until her brother could come to her rescue. Another woman and her dog, who miraculously survived the storm, cried tears of gratitude when given the envelope from Master with US$1,000.
Our Association members thank Master for Her love and compassion, which helped to give hope to many during their time of need.
Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai and Her International Association
for Tornado relief work in Arkansas
|Cash distributed to affected people||18,300.00||A|
|Lodging for an affected woman||131.92||B|
Travel expenses were covered by the relief team members and the fund contributed by Arkansas; Dallas, Texas and Kentucky Centers.