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Iowans help with disaster relief in Arkansas

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL)-- Last Wednesday at least six tornadoes were reported in Central Arkansas, causing one death and damaging hundreds of homes.

Now local Red Cross volunteers are going to help with the disaster.

Linda Sutherland has been ready for this trip for two years.

"I have been packed to go on the last three or four disasters and I just unpacked thinking this isn't my turn, so I have been very busy the last few hours but I am ready." Said Linda Sutherland, a Red Cross Volunteer.

Linda was a volunteer during the floods of 2008 and feels she is prepared to help with clean up efforts in Arkansas.

"My first thought was sympathy because we have been there and I know exactly how they feel and what they have ahead of them. I want to go hear their story and help them."

 She will meet five other American Red Cross workers from the Cedar Valley to help with the disaster in Arkansas.

Linda says though she's not a doctor she plans to help by just listening.

"Its easy to listen to a story and see how you can identify with their needs. That is my goal."

The Red Cross is always looking for volunteers. To see how you can help go to the Hawkeye chapter's website -- www.hawkeyechapter.org

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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