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Nashville Flood Relief Update

Nashville, TN – The Salvation Army continues to serve through the day at the Bellevue Community Center, South East Precinct, St. Edwards Church, and the Emergency Operations Center providing breakfast, lunch and dinner and as the roads begin to open up will begin mass feedings in hard hit neighborhoods.  As of yesterday, 5/3, almost 1000 meals were served powered with 81 hours of volunteer service. We are also being assisted by officers, staff and volunteers from nearby Salvation Army units located in Bowling Green, KY, Knoxville, TN and Madisonville, KY.

Several groups of volunteers have been working with us since 6 am this morning preparing and serving meals to the above mentioned sites, which included feeding close to 100 homeless men and women at the East Nashville Cooperative Ministry during our weekly Breakfast Brigade.  Shout out to everyone who responded via Twitter to our call for volunteers to help s prep over 1500 sandwiches and put together sack lunches.  You guys were great!!!

The Salvation Army in partnership with Second Harvest received a shipment of prepared food boxes which is currently being distributed to families until 6:30 p.m. tonight at our Emergency Services Center located at 611 Stockell Street.  Volunteers and staff are putting together hygiene kits as well to hand out to families in need.

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, which houses 86 men, located on 1st Street in Nashville is currently underwater, this includes their warehouse, thrift store and main office.  All personnel and clients were rescued by boat and are currently residing at The Salvation Army Center of Hope on Dickerson Rd.  The Salvation Army located in Clarksville, TN is under 3-4 feet of water, this includes the main offices, thrift store and a mens, womens and family shelter.  All personnel and clients were rescued safely and placed in shelters within the city.  The Salvation Army in Murfreesboro is currently doing mass feeding at shelters and various areas around Murfreesboro.

Big thanks to Logans Roadhouse who has partnered with The Salvation Army and is currently providing peanuts and bottled water to folks working and staying at the Coleman Community Center.

The First Tennessee Foundation announced today that it will provide up to $500,000 to Tennesseans affected by the weekend’s storms through a direct contribution and by matching First Tennessee and FTN Financial employee and customer contributions.

The foundation will make a $250,000 direct contribution evenly split between the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. In addition, the foundation will match First Tennessee employee and customer gifts to the Red Cross and The Salvation Army, also up to $250,000.

Customers wishing to participate in the relief effort can do so by going to any First Tennessee financial center throughout the state and making a donation to the Red Cross or The Salvation Army.  Contributions can be made through May 15.

If you would like to donate to The Salvation Army Nashville Relief Efforts, you can do so via our secure site online at: http://www.salarmy-nashville.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or mail a check to PO BOX 78625, Nashville, TN 37207

ITEMS TO DONATE:
Clean-up Kit Items
Mop, Broom, Heavy duty work gloves, Mask, Sponge, Squeegee, Scrub Brush, Plastic gloves, Bleach, All-Purpose Cleaner Concentrate, Trash Bags, Paper Towels, Cases Bottle Water
Hygiene and Personal Care Kits Items
Socks, Underwear, T-Shirts, Hygiene Supplies (Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap, Deodorant, etc), Paper Products, Diapers

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE OR DONATION DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:
1. Madison Citadel Corps – 425 Neelys Bend Rd, Madison 37115 Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
2. Magness-Potter Community Ctr – 611 Stockell St. Hours: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
3. The Salvation Army Area Command, 631 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN 37207 Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

As updates become available we will be sure to pass it on!  Please be sure to include everyone here in the Middle Tennessee area in your prayers….thousands and thousands of homes and businesses are destroyed and under water, people are still missing and unaccounted for, shelters are at capacity and there is a water conservation emergency.  Thanks again to the community for their incredible hearts to serve those around them, we are honored to serve with you!

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