The afternoon of Monday, May 5, marked the beginning of a journey and the end of a great effort to aid those affected by the tornado that ripped through Mayflower Arkansas. Two of the schools in the Central Indiana ATA Martial Arts Schools (CIAMAS) group gathered donations of aid items and shipped them to a fellow ATA school in Arkansas. That “Care Package” left Indianapolis on its journey to help on Monday afternoon, with it the schools involved delivered on their promise to always demonstrate leadership by meeting the “Needs of Our World”.
The contents of that package, 41 pounds of supplies, were collected to help the families affected by the devastating tornado that struck Mayflower and Vilonia on Sunday, April 27. The donations included soaps, shampoo, detergents and other hygiene supplies. The package also included toys and other special items for the children who lost most, if not all, of their belongings in the disaster. While the 41 pounds of supplies may be only a small part of what is needed, it demonstrates the huge heart and strong calling to “Servant Leadership” of the schools that call themselves members of the Central Indiana ATA Martial Arts Group. The group hopes that this small package will help as these families work to get back on their feet and deal with damage done to their lives.
The effort to collect the donations, done in just a few short days, was an exercise in showing the caring spirit of the members of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA). The original call for donations and offer to act as “collections center” was put out by Arkansas ATA Martial Arts the day after the tornado. The ATA Family quickly lived up to the mantra “ATA STRONG” with an outpouring of assistance. The donations from the CIAMAS are being added to the generous donations coming in from all over the “ATA Nation”, with a number of Central Arkansas Area schools acting as sources of strength and assistance for those in need.