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Helping our neighbors to the west

The first weekend in May brought devastating flooding to the Nashville area.
Only four and a half hours west of here, the Cumberland River rose from its banks, engulfing our capital city with waters nearly 12 feet above flood stage on Monday, May 3.
Nine Nashvillians lost their lives and at least 19 others were killed in surrounding areas, as torrential rain dumped more than 13 inches of water in the single weekend.
The river has since returned to its banks, leaving behind many homes that are ruined and uninsured.
Recovery is a slow and painful process.
Even though we’re 275 miles away, there are a number of ways we in Washignton County can still help.
Customers of participating wireless carriers can text message “REDCROSS” to 90999 and make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Donations will appear on customers’ monthly bills or be debited from a prepaid account balance.
You may also donate online at www.nashvilleredcross.org, by phone at 615-250-4300 or by mailing a donation to the American Red Cross, 2201 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203.
For other monetary donations, you may contribute, either online or by mail to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee which is working with the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management. Donate to the Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund and/or the Tennessee Emergency Relief fund by mail, P.O. Box 440225, Nashville, TN 37244.
Monetary donations are also being accepted by the Second Harvest Food Bank online at secondharvestmidtn.org
Salvation Army donations can be made by a making a phone call to 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
First Tennessee Bank is also helping and has pledged to match donations made by employees and customers, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000. Donations can be made at any First Tennessee Bank location.
A website has been established to assist East Tennessee State University employees and students who want to contribute to relief efforts in the Nashville area.
The site includes a Web address for making online donations to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Hands On Nashville, Red Cross of Middle Tennessee, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and the FEMA site for Tennessee, and also includes a phone number for the Tennessee Emergency Donations Hotline.
Information on support services for members of the ETSU community affected by disaster is also given. For more information, visit www.etsu.edu and click on the “ETSU Response Nashville” link.
If you have time to spare and would like to offer hands-on assistance, Samaritan’s Purse has deployed an emergency unit to Nashville. To get in touch with this group to offer your services, go to spvolunteernetwork.org.
You can find other ways of helping by visiting the Hendersonville Flood Relief Facebook Group, as well as Nashville Flood Help, Trevecca’s Flood Recovery Efforts and The People’s Church Flood Network, all on Facebook.