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Hope....

April 27, 2014 at a approximately 7:30pm, the small town of Vilonia Arkansas was hit by an F4 tornado.  The sleepy bedroom town of 3800 was devastated.  16 people lost their lives and 90% of main street was destroyed.  I was visiting friends for the new year and asked if they would give me a tour of the devastation.  I was unprepared for the sheer devastation to this little town.  Entire neighborhoods gone.  Debris as far as you can see.  Trees ripped out of the ground or stripped bare,  Its one thing to look at images shot from the air to see the total devastation but when you get up close and personal you see the details.  I took this time to record my experience.  A neighborhood where nothing but a lone fire hydrant remains, a foundation but no home, a lone mailbox and a slab of concrete where someone's home once stood now a lone US flag hangs from a bent steel pole.  This was the second time this small town was hit in 3 years.  But there was hope.  Children have hand painted and placed all over Villonia over 700 colorful little wooden stars with words like Hope, Love and Smile.  If I had not shot anything but this little wooden star it would have been enough.  So while you pour through the negative posts on Facebook or listen to your friends whine about their college team losing, think about this small town and what they lost this year and how the littlest population sees the good in the bad.