(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
A tornado relief effort is underway in Monette to help people in the Highland area in the recovery effort following last Tuesday's storms. The Monette city-wide collection project started on Monday and will continue through today (Tuesday). A trailer is set up at the front of City Hall and items are being accepted.
Monette Mayor Jerry "Chub" Qualls said they had a good response starting on Monday.
"We had it announced in all of the churches in the area on Sunday and people starting bring items and making cash contributions on Monday morning," Mayor Qualls said. "We appreciate everyone who is helping in the effort."
Robert Chambers, a member of the American Legion, has volunteered to help with the project. He and Mayor Qualls will deliver the items on Wednesday.
Items needed include plastic bins, non-perishable food items, garbage bags, cleaning supplies, blankets, baby wipes, powered milk, etc.
Mayor Qualls talked to a lady in the Highland area helping in the relief effort and asked what is needed.
"Last Thursday we had the Marmaduke mayor and police chief meet with us (the Monette and Black Oak fire fighters) to give us tips on how to be more prepared in case of a tornado or other tragedy," Qualls said. "The federal government requires us to be in training and we are meeting the regulations but it can be helpful to listen to advice from people who have been through it."
Qualls commended the people of the area for their help.
"Most people are willing and want to help when they can," Qualls said. "Again, we appreciate everyone for their donations."