Thursday, May 13, 2010

Flood relief help for Nashville.

I know that most of you have heard by now about the horrible floods here in Nashville.  I have been avoiding the news when at all possible because I have ostrich syndrome.  You don't know what that is? Oh! well, it's where you don't want to face up to problems so you stick your head in the sand and hide from them.  NEVERMIND the fact that your problems are STILL there (and closer and bigger) when you pull your head out of the sand. :)

I recently heard that the floods that hit us at the beginning of May are the costliest non-Hurricane disaster in American History, causing over 1 billion dollars in damages.   I want to share some of the photos from my facebook friends with you...

The photo to the left is about 13 miles from my house.  It is I-24 Eastbound, heading out of Nashville.

As I look through some of the photos that people have posted online, all I can feel is sick.  The economy is already bad enough and now all of these people have lost their jobs. My old workplace in Clarksville, TN  was totally underwater, and I don't know when they will be able to re-open, if at all.

I am just at a loss.  The great news is that there are several organizations who are out there DOING something to help folks!

*People Loving People teamed up with WAY-FM, The Band Mike's Chair and a few other artists and collected 40 tents, 40 sleeping bags, over 400 lbs of canned food, plus money and all sorts of other necessities for Nashville's Homeless community.

The photo to the right is taken from inside a church as the waters rise outside the doors.  I cannot even imagine seeing that in person.

*This Saturday, (May 15) join WAY-FM artist Brandon Heath, and WAY-FM staff members along with Cross Point Church for a day of work in the devastated Bellevue Community. Just meet at the new Cross Point Church campus in the old Circuit City building in Bellevue at 9am, prepared to work. We’ll do all we can until 4pm that day to make things better for our neighbors struggling to get through these unbelievable times. Just wear work clothes, bring gloves and if you have them, any light tools.

For information, contact Cross Point Church at 615-298-4422, or at the websites:, or WAYFM.COM.  WAY FM has many opportunities to help listed on their website HERE.

Photo to the right shows Joe's Crab shack, water has risen to roughly 6 feet or so outside of the buildings.
Another way that you can give is through Swagbucks.  They have added an option for you to donate in increments of 10 towards the overall donation to the redcross..  You can actually donate up until June 1st.

Here is the breakdown (From the swagbucks website) of how much money they will donate to the Red Cross:

10,000,000 SB = $100,000.00
7,500,000 SB = $73,750.00
5,000,000 SB = $47,500.00
2,500,000 SB = $23,250.00
1,500,000 SB = $13,750.00
1,000,000 SB = $9,000.00
750,000 SB = $6,375.00
500,000 SB = $4,050.00
250,000 SB = $1,925.00
200,000 SB = $1,500.00
135,000 SB - $1,000.00

The photo to the right depicts a man kayaking near Broadway, in Downtown Nashville.

If you would like to give via Swagbucks (Or rather help our voice be heard) then please feel free to sign up via my affiliate link and I will donate any swagbucks I accumulate between now and then, along with the swagbucks I plan to donate anyway.  Then it is like you are doubling your donation.

You should be able to click HERE and see the rest of the photos that go with this.


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