(WMC) – An effort to return personal items to their rightful owners is underway in Arkansas; social media is being used to help.
On Sunday, April 27, a tornado ripped through Faulkner County, killing several people and leaving personal items scattered across the state.
People began finding items like photos, driver's licenses, and diplomas. The local travel site "I love you, Arkansas" opened up its Facebook page for people to post pictures of the found items in an effort to get them back to their owners.
The following message was posted by the site's administrators the day after the storms:
"Understanding this position may not be popular with all, I have decided to utilize OUR page/community here on FB to assist residents of our great state to reconnect with many of the personal items that they have lost and that are being located as we speak … I feel this is one way that we can all assist regardless of our distance from those directly affected. Effective immediately, and for the foreseeable future, we will be sharing items found from yesterday's storms in attempt to return them to the rightful owners. Please continue posting your beautiful photos of our state. The sight of Arkansans pulling together to assist one another over the past 24 hours is just one more reason to LOVE ARKANSAS!"
Following the post, people from all over the state began posting and sharing photos.
Someone found a photo of a boy wearing a Vilonia football uniform and posted it to the page. It was seen by the boy's football coach.
"This an 8th grade boy in Vilonia ... His house has been destroyed ... I am his football coach," wrote Tommy Stephens. "I will make sure he gets it if you can mail it to me."
"Tommy, you are a great man. Thank you!" replied Jesse Hays, the page administrator.
Another person posted a strip of school photos that was found in a Batesville, Ark. yard, which is nearly 80 miles away from Vilonia. They didn't know where it was from, but it had the name Megan Moore on it.
Megan, who is from Vilonia, saw the photo on Monday night and began communicating with the page's administrators.
"This is me!! Can you please mail it to me!! That would be awesome. I cannot believe this!" she wrote.
"Glad you're OK Megan!" Hays replied. "If there's anything we can do for you or your family please let me know. God bless, y'all."
Megan also wrote, "It means so much that people care that much to return sentimental things to people. It's amazing."
To read more of these amazing stories and to share the photos to your personal Facebook page, click here: https://www.facebook.com/iloveyouarkansas
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