Thursday, May 06, 2010
Last weekend Nashville, Tennessee experienced possibly the worst natural disaster it's ever seen. My second hometown is sadly wrecked. 13+inches of rain in a 2 day period washed out roads, hundreds if not thousands of cars, friends of mine lost all they had or at least their basement. Many many people were stranded in their cars, homes, neighborhoods and away from their loved ones for days.
To see some photos of the devastation, this is the best website I've seen for photos that tell the story. What's not being said is that most people and businesses didn't have flood insurance. Because the word "flood" has never crossed their mind. It's just mind-blowing.
I've been putting off this post because I don't know if I can really do the subject justice. Suffice to say that Nashville is in need of serious help. Here are a couple of things you can do.
- Donate to Hands On Nashville. This is a FABULOUS organization that gets a lot of people volunteering efficiently and fast. They get it done.
- Text the number 90999 to Donate $10 to the Red Cross (or click here)
- Buy some jewelry! Freshie & Zero's in-stock shop is offering to donate 50% of all May Etsy sales to the recovery effort.
- Say some prayers for all the poor and the lower income children of Nashville. My old neighborhood was hit hard, and while a lot of the coverage has been about suburban houses underwater, the poor and indigent will need so much more help. It's one thing to lose your possessions when you have a job and friends with money and insurance. It's another when you make minimum wage and no longer have a car because it was flooded out in your parking lot.