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Moving Forward!

It has been a busy few weeks here in Middle Tennessee as the waters continue to recede throughout Nashville and surrounding counties.  Volunteers have been coming out in droves to assist their neighbors, telethons and benefit concerts for various flood relief agencies including The Salvation Army have been prevalent as folks with open hearts continue to support the mission at hand and seek to restore this incredible area we live in.

The Salvation Army is now entering it’s next phase of assistance here in Middle Tennessee.  After much needs assessment in various neighborhoods such as West Nashville, Bellevue, Bordeaux, Antioch, Madison, East Nashville and surrounding counties Sumner and Cheatham, we have been able to determine our next steps in the recovery phase.

To date, 19,847 families and individuals have been served meals, personal care items, food boxes, spiritual and emotional care, cleaning kits, water and clothing, powered by staff, officers and 4,006 volunteer hours.  Of the 19,847 served, 899 cases for additional assistance have been opened and are being processed.

Major Rob Vincent, The Salvation Army Nashville Area Commander, explained, “We expect the recovery of this ‘1000 Year Flood’ to expand well into six months and beyond.  Over 12,000 individuals are essentially homeless in Middle Tennessee.  Fortunately many of these folks have family and friends that have taken them in, but we do expect individuals to be approaching The Salvation Army in the weeks to come for emergency assistance.”

Immediate Needs Assistance: Anyone who needs immediate assistance (non-financial) is encouraged to stop by one of the below centers.  The Salvation Army is offering food boxes, personal comfort kits (including toiletry) and hygiene items and cleaning kits.  This is an ongoing relief effort.

  • Magness-Potter Community Center, 611 Stockell Street, Nashville 37207 **
    • Hours: M-F 9-4 p.m., Sat. 9-1 p.m.  Phone: 255-0554
  • Madison Citadel Corps, 425 Neelys Bend Rd, Madison 37115
    • Hours: M-F 9-4   Phone: 865-4297
  • Murfreesboro Corps, 1137 West Main St, Murfreesboro
    • Hours: M-Th 8 – 4 p.m. F 8 – 12 p.m.     Phone: 895-7071
  • Hispanic Corps, 3808 Park Avenue, Nashville 37209
    • Hours: M-F 9 – 4 p.m.   Phone: 385-5009
  • Laotian Corps, 525 Paragon Mills Rd, Nashville 37211
    • Hours: M-F 9:30 – 4 p.m.  Phone: 837-2444

Ways to Help:  The best way to help is with a monetary gift. Gifts may be made online at http://www.SalArmy-Nasvhille.org or checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 78625, Nashville, TN 37207. You may also make a text donation by texting the word “FLOOD” to 90999 and a $10.00 donation will be made to the local Salvation Army.

Volunteer Opportunities: For those individuals and groups interested in volunteering, please call Matt Vamvas at 242-0411 x234 or email matt_vamvas@uss.salvationarmy.org.  Volunteer opportunities are also posted on the Hands on Nashville website at www.hon.org.

Donation Drive Events and Partners: For our most up-to-date listing of community donation drives and events, please visit our website at www.salarmy-nashville.org
Please NO used clothes or items.

YouTube PSA: The Salvation Army has put together a PSA for web use only.  Follow link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12-5HUYcnb0

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