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DISASTER RADIO FOCUSES ON THE NASHVILLE FLOODS

 June 4, 2010

Nashville, TN: The Salvation Army Disaster Services Disaster Radio Podcast recently released a program focusing on the Nashville area floods and relief efforts in the area. Click HERE to download the mp3 of the program, or HERE to visit the Disaster Radio page.

 

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SALVATION ARMY PARTNERS WITH LOCAL SPORTS TEAM FOR FLOOD RELIEF COMMUNITY DAY

 May 22, 2010

Nashville, TN: Nashville’s award-winning championship minor league football team, The Nashville Storm, has partnered with The Salvation Army for its Offense vs Defense, Purple & White Game Flood Relief Community Day Benefit, Saturday, May 22nd from 11am to 4pm at Stratford High School located at 1800 Stratford Avenue in Nashville.

“There are still many people in need of support to get beyond the losses caused by the flood,” says Nashville Storm GM Alonzo Mayfield Jr. “At the same time they need an opportunity to relax and let the community openly serve them. The Salvation Army brings the compassion and character representative of the Nashville spirit and will receive 100% of all proceeds. We welcome other groups and individuals to join us in meeting the needs of the community”

The event is free with free food prepared by the Dirty Dozen Men’s Organization and drinks provided by Pepsi Bottling Group of Nashville along with information stations, giveaways, prizes, youth activities, great football and of course the opportunity to give back to the community.

Storm community partners include: South Street Restaurant, FIT Nashville, Victor Chatman Productions,102.5 The Party, GEICO, The Tennessee National Guard, The Tennessee Tribune, 2010 U.S. Census, U.S. Air Force, Crystal Springs Water, Quality Clean Carpets, Dyme Divaz, LionShare Communications, Rhodes Clothiers of Nashville and more.

All are invited to come meet the 2010 Nashville Storm Football Team and the 2010 Storm Dancers. For more information, contact Alonzo Mayfield Jr. at 615-596-9108 or go to www.nashvillestormonline.com and www.salarmy-nashville.org for a list of acceptable donations.

WHO:     The Salvation Army and The Nashville Storm

WHAT:   Flood Relief Community Day Benefit and Football Game benefitting The Salvation Army

WHEN:   TODAY, Saturday, May 22, 2010

TIME:    Community Day starts at 11:00 a.m. / Football Game starts at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Stratford High School, 1800 Stratford Ave, Nashville

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ARRINGTON VINEYARDS AND RODAN + FIELDS HOLD A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR AREA FLOOD VICTIMS WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO THE LOCAL SALVATION ARMY
Music Legend Kix Brooks, Along with Other Local Songwriters Perform

 May 20, 2010

Nashville, TN: On Wednesday May 19, 2010, music legend Kix Brooks, Arrington Vineyards and Rodan + Fields hosted “As Long As We Have Voices”, an evening of award winning music and wine for The Salvation Army to benefit the victims of the recent flood in middle Tennessee.

Kix Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn and owner of Arrington Vineyards, along with country music stars Keith Stegall, Joey + Rory, Ty Herndon, Sherrie Austin, Jason Sellers, Aaron Benward, Stewart Harris, Jim McBride, Dave Gibson and Jamie Lee Thurston shared some of their most famous songs and memories in an intimate setting at the beautiful Arrington Vineyards.

“Soon after the floods, we learned that a number of our local Consultants and their families were directly affected by the disaster,” said Dr. Katie Rodan. “Because our business is about helping people create opportunities to change lives, we were not surprised when a Nashville-based Consultant suggested a benefit concert to help flood victims.”

“Never in my 30 years in Nashville have I seen such terrible devastation,” said Brooks. “But it has been amazing to watch this community come together to overcome this. Arrington Vineyards is proud to be a part of this rally.”

Major Rob Vincent, Area Commander of The Salvation Army Nashville, said “The Salvation Army was honored to be the beneficiary of last night’s concert with Kix Brooks and friends. With support of Arrington Vineyards and Rodan + Fields, we will be able to extend our long-term emergency assistance to the many families and individuals affected by the flood .”

The event that sold out within eight hours of ticket sales raised over $16,000 that will go directly to benefit The Salvation Army relief efforts.

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SALVATION ARMY ANNOUCES LONG-TERM FLOOD RECOVERY ASSISTANCE PLANS
Emergency Assistance Available

 May 20, 2010

Nashville, TN: The Salvation Army is prepared to launch the next phase of assistance as we move forward into the long-term recovery relief efforts. Salvation Army teams have moved through area neighborhoods assessing community needs. With this data, we have developed a plan to assist Middle Tennessee in the rebuilding of their lives.

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.

Families and individuals affected by the flood in need of additional resources will need to contact any of our Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) listings below for assistance.

Long-term Recovery Case Management:

  • Immediate Needs – Clean-up kits, Personal Care kits, Food Boxes, Clothing, etc.
  • Utility Assistance for flood victims – Includes reconnect fees
  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance for flood victims – Includes relocation assistance, initial housing deposit, 1st month rent, short-term housing while rebuilding a home
  • Household items/Building Materials –Includes basic building materials such as dry-wall and plywood (Building material assistance is only available to organizations or agencies assisting with the rebuild)
  • Spiritual and Emotional Care

Case Management: Case management will be available at the following locations starting Monday, May 24th. Individuals and families affected by the floods will be required to present proof of address, assistance from FEMA and proof of insurance.

  • Antioch (Southeast Recovery Center TBD)
  • Madison/Sumner Country (Citadel Corps, 425 Neelys Bend Rd., Madison, TN),
  • Cheatham County (TBD)
  • Davidson County (Magness-Potter Community Center, 611 Stockell St., Nashville, TN 37207)

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 by clicking HERE 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. Click HERE!

For more information, contact The Salvation Army at 242-0411. Follow our updates on Twitter (@SalArmy), Facebook (The Salvation Army – Nashville), or on our blog at www.salarmynashville.wordpress.com.

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SALVATION ARMY PLANS FOR LONG-TERM RECOVERY
Emergency Assistance Available

 May 14, 2010

Nashville, TN: As The Salvation Army moves into the short-term recovery phase, mass feeding will cease operations on Sunday, May 16th, from our mobile feeding canteens that have been out serving for the past two weeks in communities severely affected by the flooding.

Through Thursday, May 14th, crews have served over 15,000 meals, 18,000 beverages, 10,000 snacks to thousands of individuals. Spiritual and emotional care has been provided to more than 800 individuals. Food distribution has taken place in those neighborhoods hardest hit by the recent flooding. This includes Bellevue, Madison, Morrow/Illinois Avenues, Ashland City, Kingston Springs, and Richards Road mobile park.

The Salvation Army will continue to provide food boxes and clean-up kits as needed. Individuals in need should contact the Emergency Services location at 615-255-0554. The organization will continue to provide clothing as well as assistance with rent and utilities, and help with household items and small appliance purchases.

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 possibly even a nine month period. 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, which would include help with rent and utilities.”

Although The Salvation Army no longer runs an overnight shelter, we do have transitional housing for homeless families. Prior to the floods, we would take in homeless families going through crises such as loss of employment and domestic violence. “We foresee more requests for transitional housing to be from victims of the flood,” Major Vincent said.

Linda Meeks, Emergency Services Program Director, stated, “We have given out 1,500 food boxes to families affected by the floods. We have not turned anyone away for assistance which has caused our food pantry shelves to empty fairly quickly.” The community is encouraged to make monetary donations or non-perishable food item donations to either our partners, Second Harvest of Middle, TN or directly to The Salvation Army Emergency Services.

Emergency Assistance: Anyone who needs emergency assistance 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; Sat. 9-1pm Phone: 865-4297
  • Murfreesboro Corps, 1137 West Main St, Murfreesboro
    • Hours: Please call Phone: 895-7071
  • Hispanic Corps, 3808 Park Avenue, Nashville 37209
    • Hours: Please call Phone: 385-5009
  • Laotian Corps, 525 Paragon Mills Rd, Nashville 37211
    • Hours: Please call Phone: 837-2444

 

Ways to Help: The best way to help is with a monetary gift. Gifts may be made online HERE 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.

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

For More Information: Contact The Salvation Army at 242-0411. Follow our updates on Twitter (@SalArmy), Facebook (The Salvation Army – Nashville), or on our blog at www.salarmynashville.wordpress.com.

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THE SALVATION ARMY IN MEMPHIS DOING THE MOST GOOD FOR VICTIMS OF SEVERE FLOODING

 May 13, 2010

Memphis, TN: The Memphis Area Command is still heavily engaged in serving victims of last weekend’s floods in Tennessee. As of yesterday, The Salvation Army has served 3,998 meals, 6,734 drinks, and 3,217 snacks to those who are affected, our fellow agencies and relief volunteers. Direct financial assistance has been provided to 916 suffering families through clothing vouchers and gift cards.

The Salvation Army is presently working with local government officials to coordinate the next steps in providing relief to those residents that have had extreme damage due to the floods (for the most part caused by a levee break) in Millington, TN.

The Salvation Army Memphis Area Command is still very active in coordinating all relief efforts with other agencies and focusing most of our resources in north Memphis and Millington, TN.

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THE SALVATION ARMY CONTINUES SERVICE TO TORNADO VICTIMS-UPDATE

 May 13, 2010

Nashville/Ashland City, TN: The Salvation Army’s second day of service in Ashland City, Tennessee, came at a much needed time. Along a river in a rural area of Ashland City hundreds of homes that were flooded during the disaster last week were being gutted with all of the contents including appliances and personal possessions having to be left in front yards on the streets to be hauled away. People living in these homes lost everything and now must start their lives again from scratch. With The Salvation Army canteen delivering sack lunches and drinks to the people affected in the area signs of gratitude and relief were seen in the residents and the people helping to clear out homes.

Fortunately there is still a good sense of hope and positive spirit among the people. Many in the area have families that have opened loving arms to offer support and a place for them to stay during the crisis.

Residents, Bill Duke, his wife and son left their home in Ashland City by canoe, a kayak and rescue boat on Saturday night of the flood. “I heard my neighbor’s house moving off its foundation and I knew we could not wait any longer.” Duke owns two houses on opposite sides of the street; he was living in one and renting out the other. Duke looked down the street and explained that he built his house in 1957 with his bare hands and helped to build his neighbor’s house. Even though he lost everything he pointed out that it was all only material possessions and with faith everything will work out. Duke explained that last Sunday morning he went to church to keep his normal routine. “God is going to take care of us….we will be alright.”

As the canteen crawled along the river road, in the water surrounded community, some people came out to thank the team for serving and others displayed an unspoken appreciation in their eyes. Most houses in this community will most likely be condemned.

Volunteers from all parts of the country were there and working in the muck right alongside the homeowners. Duke said, “I had a church youth group help me clean out my home. They are hard workers and didn’t seem to care – they got right down in the grime.”

Duane Deal and Cathy Brown left their home by a rescue boat Sunday evening the weekend of the flood. They waited until the water got above their deck before they decided it was time to evacuate and it was too late to leave in a vehicle. “We were told to bring only one bag of our belongings,” Deal explained. We came back to the house by pontoon boat the next day Monday to try and salvage some of our personal things, but it was all destroyed.” Deal and his family returned on Mother’s Day to begin their clean-out. “It sure is a mess to clean out, but we survived and we have each other to start our lives over.”

Some however, after hard work and being displaced from their homes for over a week now are becoming tired and weary and stressed over what will happen in the days to come.

The damage was extensive. Vehicles including boats and motor homes were carried away and left in various places in the area. Some mobile homes were displaced and slid into adjacent homes. Another home slid off of its foundation and into a trailer next to it. Crops were destroyed and tons of debris was all along the sides of roads.

It has been because of the acts of service, such as the delivering of lunches and drinks by The Salvation Army canteens, and most importantly the prayers that mean a lot and has really made an impact on the families and individuals affected by this disaster. The people have found great appreciation for the sense of care and the assurance that someone is looking out for them.

The Salvation Army delivered 100 clean-up kits to the Ashland City Community Center yesterday, served 407 meals from the mobile feeding canteen in various neighborhoods in Ashland City in addition to snacks and beverages and provided emotional and spiritual care to numerous individuals.

Major Rob Vincent, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Nashville, said, “We will continue to serve the Ashland City community as long as there is a need. We want the residents to know that we care about them and will be there to support them during recovery. If we can offer prayer, food, supplies and hope, then our mission has been fulfilled.”

For more information, contact The Salvation Army at 615 242-0411. Follow our updates on Twitter (@SalArmy), Facebook (The Salvation Army – Nashville), on our blog at www.salarmynashville.wordpress.com or visit our website at www.salarmy-nashville.org. Text the word “FLOOD” to 90999 to make a $10.00 donation.

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MULTIPLE COMPANIES JOIN FORCES WITH SALVATION ARMY FLOOD RELIEF

May 12, 2010

Nashville, TN: The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command has received a great response from a cross-section of companies and organizations in our community who wish to assist with flood relief. Below is a listing of partnerships and events that are benefiting The Salvation Army’s flood relief efforts in Middle Tennessee.

FirstBank and Nashville Sounds Announce Collaborative Effort for Flood Relief

The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command, FirstBank and Nashville Sounds have announced a collaborative effort to aid in flood relief for the middle Tennessee area. Now through Friday, May 14th, you are encouraged to drop-off needed items at any Middle Tennessee FirstBank locations. As part of this effort, a relief truck will be parked at the Nashville Sounds game on Friday, May 14th to collect necessities for victims of the recent flooding.

The Salvation Army is requesting hygiene kits (shampoo/conditioner, soap, tooth brush/paste, lotion, bug spray, sun screen, etc.) for men and women to be dropped off at any of the Middle Tennessee FirstBank locations or the Sounds game this Friday. Only NEW items will be accepted.

In addition to donating material items, fans will also have the opportunity to make text donations by texting “FLOOD” to 90999 which will be displayed on the jumbotron screen at the game.

"At FirstBank our mission as a community bank is to provide support to each community we serve. With the recent devastation in the Middle Tennessee and West Tennessee areas, we are pleased to partner with The Salvation Army so we may help those in need,” Chris Holmes, FirstBank Chief Banking Officer stated.

All FirstBank branches have set-up an account to accept donations in each market that will be given to a local Salvation Army helping with flood relief. To find a FirstBank location, please visit www.firstbankonline.com.

About FirstBank: FirstBank is Tennessee’s largest independently owned and operated bank, with locations across the state. The bank, headquartered in Lexington, Tenn., services every major metropolitan market in the state and, with nearly $2 billion in total assets, has the resources to provide a comprehensive variety of financial services and products.

Concert Benefitting The Salvation Army at Hard Rock Café

Clayton Risner, Heidi Rojas and Travis Flynn have coordinated a concert to be held at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Nashville this Friday, May 14th at 9pm. This will be the first concert at the Hard Rock Café since the flood. Nashvillians are encouraged to come out and celebrate their community. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8.00. All proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army Nashville Flood Relief Efforts. Premier Parking will also be offering discounted $5.00 parking for anyone attending the concert at the Ragland Lot at 2nd Avenue South and Molloy Street (located in front of XO Communication building). For more information, contact the Cathy Antil, Publicist/Manager at 738-1040 Premier Parking specifically reduced their parking price for this event to support increased donations to The Salvation Army.

About the Artists:
http://www.myspace.com/claytonrisner
http://www.myspace.com/heidirojasmusic
http://www.myspace.com/travisflynn

First Tennessee Foundation commits up to $500,000 for storm relief efforts

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 to The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

The foundation will make a $250,000 direct contribution evenly split between the The Salvation Army and Red Cross. In addition, the foundation will match First Tennessee employee and customer gifts to The Salvation Army and Red Cross, 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 Salvation Army. Contributions can be made through May 15th.

About The First Tennessee Foundation and First Horizon National Corp.: The First Tennessee Foundation is a private charitable foundation established by First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE: FHN, www.fhnc.com) in 1993 to support nonprofit community organizations. During the past five years, our corporation and our foundation have donated more than $27 million to meet community needs. For more information on First Tennessee’s storm relief efforts, contact Anthony Hicks, Media Relations, (901) 523-4726.

Caney Fork Restaurant Opryland and Salvation Army partner on Donation Drive for Nashville Flood Victims

Caney Fork Restaurant is giving back to those who give. Located at the front gates of Gaylord Opryland, Caney Fork Restaurant will be accepting donated items on behalf of the Salvation Army to help the thousands of families displaced by the flood.

To make it even more rewarding to donors, Caney Fork will be giving every person who donates a free appetizer coupon to come in or come back later and enjoy the restaurants delicious southern fare. “We know people do not need an incentive to give but it is our way of saying thank you to all the people of Nashville and surrounding areas who have given so much and continue to help others,” says Marc Barhonovich.

Caney Fork Resturant will be accepting material donations for the Salvation Army and the Nashville Flood victims on Saturday May 15th and Sunday May 16th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM each day.

For more information about the donation drive and how you can help, please contact the General Manager for Nashville, Mrs. Vickie Schela at (615) 724-1200 or Josh Weis at (813) 265-9274.

For more information about Caney Fork and to see how to get to the facility please go to www.CaneyForkRestaurant.com

About Caney Fork Restaurant: Caney Fork Restaurant is a causal authentic Southern Style restaurant. All guests start with Caney Fork's own corn fritters followed by a wide variety of perfectly aged Steaks, Mississippi Catfish, slow cooked Ribs with the South's best BBQ sauce, juicy Pork Tenderloin, Fried Shrimp, Broiled Chicken, and huge salads. You will also find great burgers, pulled pork, chili, fried pickles, crab cakes, banana pudding and cobbler for dessert. The Company’s strategy is to differentiate its restaurants by emphasizing consistently high-quality food and awesome service, generous portions at very reasonable prices and a casual atmosphere that reflects the towns in which we are located.  

Salvation Army Extends Appreciation for Community Support

Major Rob Vincent, Nashville Area Commander for The Salvation Army, said, "We are very privileged to have such great support from our community and organizations such as FirstBank, First Tennessee, Caney Fork Restaurant, Hard Rock Café, Premier Parking and artists Heidi Rojas, Travis Flynn and Clayton Risner. With our partnerships, The Salvation Army will be able to provide much needed items to people severely affected by the flood."

In addition to material donations (please see website for items we are collecting – NO used clothing), Major Vincent explained that the next best way to help is with a monetary gift. Gifts may be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org designating your gift to the Nashville floods, or checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 78625, Nashville, TN 37207. Text donations are also being accepted. Text the word “FLOOD” to 90999.

For more information about The Salvation Army or to make a donation, contact The Salvation Army at (615) 242-0411. Or, follow updates on Twitter (@SalArmy), Facebook (The Salvation Army-Nashville), or on our blog at www.salarmynashville.wordpress.com. Visit our website at www.salarmy-nashville.org to an up-to-date listing of our emergency assistance centers, mobile feeding locations, approved partners and events.

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SPIRIT OF NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK
Brings Hope and Inspiration to Officers, Staff, & Volunteers

May 10, 2010

Nashville, TN: As The Salvation Army’s relief efforts move into the second week and into a short-term recovery phase, National Salvation Army week (May 9th -15th,), as declared by President Eisenhower back in 1954, lifts the spirits in officers, staff and volunteers, bringing hope and inspiration to others served by flood relief efforts.

The Nashville Salvation Army had big plans to have our famous doughnut lassie serve doughnuts at the Tuesday morning Breakfast Brigade and a volunteer appreciation event on Thursday– all festivities have since been rescheduled so the organization can focus on what it does best…to meet human needs in His name.

The Salvation Army will continue the following services as of May 11th, 2010 (Please visit our website for updated information www.salarmy-nashville.org:

Food and Water: Mobile Feeding Units are providing food and water in several of the hardest hit areas. (*indicates open to the public)

  • Citadel Corps, Neelys Bend Rd., Madison*
  • Richards Mobile Homes, Antioch*
  • Ashland City – Roving*
  • Harpeth Middle School
  • Egyptians Church
  • Breakfast Brigade, East Nashville Coop, Nashville

Through Sunday evening May 9th, crews had served over 8,968 meals, 12,170 beverages, 6,707 Snacks and spiritual and emotional care to 606 individuals.

Emergency Assistance: Anyone who needs emergency assistance 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. Our main location for material and financial assistance is located at 611 Stockell Street, Nashville, TN 37207. Call 255-0554 for more information.

  • Magness-Potter Community Center, 611 Stockell Street, Nashville 37207 Hours: 9-5 p.m.
  • Madison Citadel Corps, 425 Neelys Bend Rd, Madison 37115 Hours: M-F 9-4; Sat. 9-1pm
  • Murfreesboro Corps, 1137 West Main St, Murfreesboro
  • Hispanic Corps, Serving East Nashville and Antioch Area 37209 – Roving
  • Laotian Corps, Serving Antioch Area - Roving

Ways to Help: The best way to help is with a monetary gift. Gifts may be made online at 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 donations by texting the word “FLOOD” to 90999 and a $10.00 donation will be made to the local Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army is accepting cases of bottled water, NEW socks, underwear, t-shirts, hygiene kits for men or women, and supplies for clean-up kits which include: mop, broom, work gloves, mask, sponge, squeegee, scrub brush, rubber gloves, bleach, all-purpose cleaner, trash bags and paper towels. Please DO NOT drop off used clothing items at this time.

Donation Drop Off Locations:

  • Magness Potter, 611 Stockell St. Nashville Hours: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Citadel Corps, 425 Neelys Bend Rd, Madison Hours 10 a.m. – 7p.m.
  • Murfreesboro Corps, 1137 West Main St., Murfreesboro 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Mix 92.9 Event Cools Spring Galleria this weekend see details below
  • Best One Tire Stores in Brentwood, Hillsboro, Rivergate and Downtown Brentwood
  • First Bank Braches in Middle TN
  • Bost Harley Davidson, 4600 Delaware Ave., Nashville
  • ESCU Credit Union, 1214 Church Street, Nashville

Please NO used clothes or items. Various other donations drives are taking place around Nashville. Visit The Salvation Army website for list of approved partners.

Recovery Action Plan:

As The Salvation Army moves into the short term recovery phase, additional clothing will be provided, assistance with rent and utilities, and help with household items and small appliance purchases.

The Salvation Army’s long-term efforts will be to assist with supporting work teams in the harder hit areas. Feeding, supplies and hand tools will continue to be provided.

For more information, contact The Salvation Army at 242-0411. Follow our updates on Twitter (@SalArmy), Facebook (The Salvation Army – Nashville), or on our blog at www.salarmynashville.wordpress.com. Text the word “FLOOD” to 90999 to make a $10.00 donation.

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SALVATION ARMY PLANS FOR LONG-TERM RECOVERY EFFORT IN NASHVILLE

May 10, 2010

Nashville, TN: Sunday signaled a scale-back on immediate relief efforts in Nashville, but The Salvation Army will continue to help the citizens of Music City with what will surely be a long-term recovery.

Most of the damaged homes have been stripped clean and the public works department has been working overtime to remove water-logged possessions from streets around the city. Traffic at the community centers, which have served as information centers and relief stations, has slowed to a trickle, as homeowners begin to focus on repair and recovery.

The Salvation Army, in partnership with state and local authorities, will be targeting 1200 households for recovery assistance. “We certainly will not be able to put everything back,” explained Nashville Area Commander, Major Rob Vincent, “but we will seek to help them with their most immediate needs.”

To qualify for assistance, families must first have registered with FEMA. This can be done online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Families must also have proof of ownership along with an estimate of the funds expected from their insurance and from FEMA.

The Salvation Army will continue to provide cleaning supplies, food boxes and comfort kits as well.

“We’re committed to Nashville and to the long-term recovery,” added Major Vincent. “We’re going to continue doing the most good in Nashville with the resources that God has provided for us.”

Financial donations are the most efficient and immediate resource to help the families and communities which may be effected.

Donations for this relief effort can be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).

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MIX 92 DRIVE DRAWS VARIETY OF PARTICIPANTS

May 10, 2010

Nashville, TN: When Mix 92 decided to host a drive to collect supplies for The Salvation Army of Nashville, they had no idea what to expect. “We just wanted to do something to help,” explained Meredith Mazanek, Marketing Director for the Nashville station. “For us, The Salvation Army was an obvious choice.”

What they found was a diverse group of Nashville citizens eager to lend a hand to their neighbors.

Rob Allen hadn’t heard about the drive, but saw the crowd in the parking lot of the Cool Springs Galleria and wanted to help. He hadn’t brought any supplies and didn’t have any cash, so MIX 92 morning host Kim Leslie offered to go shopping with him. They returned a few minutes later with $300 worth of men’s underwear, t-shirts and socks.

“The Harper River came within about twelve feet of my house,” said Allen. I’m grateful that we were spared, but I wanted to do what I could to help those less fortunate than myself.”

Ten-year-old Megan was on her way to the mall with her mom to spend the money that she had earned helping out around the house. On the way to the mall, she heard about the drive on the radio. “I think I’d rather spend my money on that,” she told her mom. Upon arriving at the mall, that’s just what she did, emptying her pockets into the MIX 92 collection bin.

Six-year-old Brian had to ask what “volunteering” meant when he learned of the idea at the breakfast table this morning. “You mean I have to work and don’t get paid?” he asked his mom. When she explained that he would be working to help other people who needed it, he understood and agreed. He enthusiastically toted supplies back and forth for hours.

“People who have not been affected by the flood all know someone who has been,” said Mazanek. “I think that’s why we’ve seen this kind of response.”

And what a response it was. More than two truckloads of cleaning supplies, toiletries and bottled water were collected to assist with The Salvation Army’s relief efforts.

“We’re passionate about serving our community,” said Mazanek. “That’s why our relationship with The Salvation Army has been such a wonderful partnership.”

Financial donations are the most efficient and immediate resource to help the families and communities which may be effected.

Donations for this relief effort can be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).

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DONATIONS & VOLUNTEERS CRUCIAL TO EFFORT

May 6, 2010

Nashville, TN: Crews from Knoxville and Winchester, Tennessee and Bowling Green and Madisonville, Kentucky have joined with The Salvation Army of Nashville to provide relief, support and hope in the wake of the historic Nashville flood. The team is serving the Nashville community in a variety of areas.

Food and Water: Mobile Feeding Units (canteens) are providing food and water in several of the hardest hit areas. (*indicates open to the public)

  • Bellevue Community Ctr., 656 Colice Jean Rd. 37221*
  • Coleman Community Ctr., 384 Thompson Ln.*
  • Hadley Recreation Ctr., 1037 28th Ave. N.*
  • Emergency Management Office
  • NPD SE Precinct
  • Citadel Corps, Neelys Bend Rd., Madison*

Crews will be serving at the community centers between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm. Through Tuesday evening, crews had served over 2,300 meals.

Adult Rehabilitation Center: 80 men were rescued by boat from the center on North First Street in the early hours of Monday morning. 43 of the men who were participating in the program are being transferred Thursday to the Rehabilitation Center in Memphis. "I don't care if I have to go to Knoxville, Chattanooga or Memphis," said one of the program's participants, JaRon Britton. "God spared my life for a reason and I'm going to finish what I started."

The men are scheduled to depart from the Magness-Potter Community Center on Stockell Street at 10 am today.

Emergency Assistance: Anyone who needs help is encouraged to stop by the Emergency Assistance office at 611 Stockell St. where The Salvation Army is offering food boxes, personal comfort kits (including toiletry) and hygiene items and cleaning kits.

Ways to Help: The best way to help is with a monetary gift. Gifts may be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org designating your gift to the Nashville floods, or checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 78625, Nashville, TN 37207.

The Salvation Army in Nashville is accepting cases of bottled water, NEW socks, underwear, t-shirts, hygiene kits for men or women, and supplies for clean-up kits which include: mop, broom, work gloves, mask, sponge, squeegee, scrub brush, rubber gloves, bleach, all-purpose cleaner, trash bags and paper towels. This is only for in kind donations in the Nashville area (see below). Please DO NOT drop off used clothing items at this time.

Drop Off Locations:

  • Magness Potter, 611 Stockell St. Nashville Hours: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Citadel Corps, 425 Neelys Bend Rd, Madison Hours 10 a.m. - 7p.m.
  • Murfreesboro Corps, 1137 West Main St., Murfreesboro 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Mix 92.9 Event Cools Spring Galleria this weekend see details below
  • Best One Tire Stores in Brentwood, Hillsboro, Rivergate and Downtown Brentwood
Various other donations drives are taking place around Nashville. Visit The Salvation Army website www.SalArmy-Nasvhille.org for list of approved partners.

For more information, contact The Salvation Army at 615 242-0411. Follow our updates on Twitter (@SalArmy), Facebook (The Salvation Army - Nashville), or on our blog at www.salarmynashville.wordpress.com.

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NASHVILLE SALVATION ARMY STAFF & VOLUNTEERS TAKING RELIEF TO HURTING COMMUNITIES

May 5, 2010

Nashville, TN: Salvation Army personnel continue to partner with local authorities to provide relief to flood victims in their communities. The Office of Emergency Management has established information centers in the hardest hit areas of the city – the Bellevue Community Center, Coleman Community Center and Hadley Community Center. The Salvation Army is on hand at each location to provide food, water and spiritual support.

In addition, The Salvation Army is providing the same services for those working at the Office of Emergency Management as well as to emergency responders working out of the Metro Police Department’s Southeast Precinct. These services are scheduled to continue through the weekend.

As flood waters recede, Salvation Army mobile kitchens (canteens) will advance directly into the devastated neighborhoods. A canteen crew from Jackson, Tennessee will arrive on Friday to continue the work begun by Sergeant Alvez Gonzalez in the Illinois Ave. neighborhood. A canteen crew from Madisonville, Kentucky is providing services out of the Nashville Area Command’s Citadel Corps.

Outside the city, Emergency Disaster Services crews from Murfreesboro are serving flood victims in Antioch, TN and a crew from Paducah, Kentucky is serving victims in the Clarksville area.

Please continue to pray for the victims of what some are calling a “thousand year flood”. 27 counties in Tennessee have been declared a disaster area. The mayor estimates the damage in the Nashville area alone to be in the neighborhood of $1 Billion.

Service Totals as at May 5, 2010:
Meals Served - 4,123
Drinks - 5,570
Snacks - 1,910

While specifics are still developing, financial donations are the most efficient and immediate resource to help the families and communities which may be effected.

Donations for this relief effort can be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).

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THE SALVATION ARMY SETS ASIDE ITS OWN LOSS FOCUS ON NEEDS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES

 May 3, 2010

 


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