Local nonprofits, Mayor Karl Dean join forces to help rebuild lives
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than a dozen nonprofits are teaming up on a donation drive to help survivors of the August 8, 2013 flood that forced hundreds of Middle Tennesseans out of their homes. As much as seven inches of rain fell in four hours across a narrow band in Davidson, Sumner, and Wilson counties, with more than 250 homes damaged as a result of the heavy rainfall.
Nonprofits involved with Voluntary Organizations Assisting in Disaster (VOAD) are seeking donations to help these families repair homes, replace vital home goods and address other needs. Donations of new and gently used items will be collected Saturday, November 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:
- LP Field, Lot N (1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN 37213)
- Westminster Presbyterian Church (3900 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205).
In addition, donations will be accepted at East Park (700 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 16, during packet pick-up for the Mayor’s Challenge 5K Walk/Run, which is taking place on Sunday, Nov. 17.
“The August floods were severe but isolated to northern sections of Davidson County and other areas, and it’s important for all of us to remember that many families are still struggling,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “Through this effort, I encourage Nashvillians to help these flood survivors get back on their feet, just as our community came together to support one another during the 2010 floods. I’m pleased so many community partners are part of this effort, and I thank them for this collaborative response.”
Examples of items needed:
- Small housewares: cookware, dishes, glasses, silverware, towels, small appliances, lamps, baby furniture, etc.
- Bedding: sheets, comforters, mattress protectors, pillows, etc.
- Bedroom furniture: metal bed frames, headboards, dressers, night tables, etc.
- Living Room furniture: couches, chairs, end tables, coffee tables, etc.
- Kitchen/Dining Room furniture: dinette/dining tables and chairs, baby chairs
- Clothing: All kinds, especially winter and school uniforms for children
Organizations working to support 2013 flood survivors include Catholic Charities, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Hands On Nashville, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church, Westminster Home Connection, and the Tennessee Titans, among others. Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee will be collecting approved donations and the donated items will be converted into “Goodwill Cares” gift cards for flood victims to use at local Goodwill stores.
Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee
P: (615) 346-1232
C: (615) 332-5911