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KNOXVILLE’S WBIR TV DEMONSTRATES VOLUNTEER SPIRIT

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Released 10 May 2010

Nashville, TN: Flood relief efforts in Nashville have demonstrated to the world the compassion and volunteer spirit that characterizes the citizens of Tennessee. This was evident again today, with four truckloads of aid arriving from Knoxville and a team of 17 from Knoxville’s WBIR TV, who came to serve alongside The Salvation Army. 

 

Two of the trucks came loaded with water, a gift from WBIR, Food City and FedEx.  The other two trucks came loaded with cleaning supplies, toiletry items, clothing, blankets – even dog food – donated by citizens of Knoxville as Knoxville’s WIVK broadcasted live from a Wal-Mart there.

 

With all four trucks arriving within minutes of each other, the team from WBIR was busy for several hours, unloading the trucks and packing the items into the already crowded Magness Potter Community Center, operated by the Nashville Area Command.

 

The volunteers managed to save some energy, however, and headed out to distribute some of the items to one of Nashville’s hardest hit neighborhoods.  As they went they witnessed home after home where seemingly everything was piled up by the curb, covered with mud. The most shocking sight, however, was one home, torn from its foundation, resting almost completely intact in the middle of the road.

 

“It’s just stuff that can be replaced,” said one resident. “My family is all here; that’s what’s important.”

 

The Salvation Army is continuing to provide food, water and spiritual care at three community centers where residents are going for information.  However, as the waters have receded, there are more opportunities to go directly into the damaged neighborhoods.  To date, The Salvation Army has provided 7,219 meals, 9,499 drinks and 4,610 snacks to flood victims, volunteers and emergency responders.

 

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About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services in 5,000 communities that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Visit us on-line to learn more or to make a donation. www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Eldridge, Director of Marketing

Office: (615) 242-0411 ext. 243 or Cell (615) 416-4218

jennifer_eldridge@uss.salvationarmy.org

www.salarmy-nashville.org

 

 

Submitted by Jonathan Haskell, Public Information Officer, The Salvation Army, Nashville, TN.  Office:  615-242-0411 Cell:  865-335-1573

Jonathan_Haskell@uss.salvationarmy.org

                               


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