Good Neighbors

Nashville Residents Rush To Help Tornado Victims

We tell you how you can help, too.

After a series of tornadoes touched down overnight in Nashville, TN, thousands of people are left to clean up the wreckage, which, judging by photos and early news footage, is nothing short of catastrophic.

The tornadoes ripped through neighborhoods in the central part of Nashville and several neighboring counties, destroying homes, businesses and taking the lives of more than 20 people.

Here's a heart-stopping video of a tornado roaring through the East Nashville Rosebank area:

(Source: video @valleyboyzz_)

"It is heartbreaking," Gov. Bill Lee said at a morning press conference when the number of known deaths was still in single digits. "We have had loss of life all across the state. Four different counties, as of this morning, had confirmed fatalities."

Even with all of the news of death and destruction, it's been heartening to see how people are coming together to help each other, whether it's cooking meals and getting water to victims, or helping people who lost their homes search through the rubble for their keepsakes.

Makes sense, considering Tennessee is known as "The Volunteer State."

Here are a few inspiring moments of people-helping-people that we came across in our feeds today…

The Nashville Red Cross was one of the first groups on the ground, handing out water and food to victims. Jessica Fuller WJHL/Facebook

Nashville native and country music icon Dolly Parton even shared a message of hope to those who lost loved ones in the storm.

How can you start something good?

Those in the Nashville area can help out by doing any of the following:

  • Drop off non-clothing donations to the Community Resource Center, located at 218 Omohundro Pl, Nashville, TN 37210. IMMEDIATE NEEDS INCLUDE: cleaning supplies (trash bags, work gloves, bleach, cleansers), personal hygiene items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant), and diapers.
  • Give blood (Click here to find a donation site near you).
  • Sign up to volunteer with Hands On Nashville.

Those NOT in the area who would like to help can donate to any of the following organizations:

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