Helping the Victims of the TN Tornado
Wednesday, March 12: Our second tractor trailer load of supplies left around noon today and is headed to Putnam County, TN: which was the hardest hit area during March 3rd’s tornado. To see photos of our team loading the truck, check our facebook post.
Wednesday, March 11: Our truck arrived safely in Cookeville, TN (Putnam County) yesterday and our partners there unloaded the supplies for families and individuals there who are dealing with the aftermath of this terrible event. The stuffed animals have been a big hit among the children! That’s why we collect new and gently used stuffed animals through our Teddy Bear Brigade — to bring comfort to children facing the trauma associated with natural disasters. Remember, you can give online by clicking on the red donate button above. Thanks for your support. Pictures can be found on our facebook page.
Monday, March 9: Today, we loaded our first truckload of supplies for this disaster relief response. This tractor trailer is on it’s way down to Cookeville, Tennessee, where the fast moving funnel whirled into an EF-4 strength tornado almost a week ago. The truck will arrive tomorrow and will be distributed among residents in that area. Blankets, hygiene items, disposable kitchenware, and stuffed animals (to comfort the kids) were a few items on this truck. We’re getting supplies ready and workin on logistics for our second delivery, which should happen later this week.
If you haven’t donated to this disaster relief effort, but would like to, please click the red Donate button at the top of this page.
Friday, March 6: Reports this morning are showing that there are 400 structures damaged in Putnam County, TN, including over 100 estimated to be completely destroyed. The Tornado was a violent EF-4 as it ripped through this area.
Our Disaster Relief Coordinator is in route today to assess the logistics of getting these supplies in to the victims of this storm. Variables determine our response. Variables such as, if the roads are clear of downed trees and power lines and can be travelled through, as well as talking with possible distribution partners to determine if there is space to fit a 53′ long tractor trailer in their parking lot, as well as space to host a distribution for hundreds or more people.
Our collection at Sam’s Club continues through tomorrow, Saturday, March 7th. Please donate if you are able. We are in need of nonperishable foods, plastic totes, hygiene items, pet supplies, baby care items, and disposable kitchenware. If you are not able to donate at our collection, will you consider making a financial donation online? These funds help cover the costs of getting the supplies to those in need. Also, if we are low on a certain type of donation, pet supplies for example, these funds will allow us to fill that gap. Please click here to donate today.
Checks can also be mailed to Gleaning For The World, PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538
100% of your donation will be used towards this disaster relief effort.
Thursday, March 5: Reports this morning show there are 3 people still missing after Tuesday morning’s early-hour tornado barreled through Nashville and surrounding counties. The good news is, no new deaths have been reported. We’ve learned that the tornado damaged homes, businesses, churches, and schools over a distance of approximately 60 miles ranging from an EF-4 to an EF-4 in various places.
There are 9 emergency shelters open where residents are sleeping at night; and digging through the rubble of their homes during the day.
Gleaning For The World is collecting disaster relief supplies for the victims of this destructive tornado. We’re at our local Sam’s Club through Saturday, 10-6 each day. We’re collecting new, unopened, unused nonperishable foods, hygiene items, baby supplies, pet supplies, and shelter items such as paper plates, cups, paper towels, etc.
You can also give a financial donation to help the victims of this tragic storm. Checks can be mailed to GFTW PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538. Online donations can be made by pressing the red donate button above.
We thank you for helping the good people of Tennessee.
Wednesday, March 4: As of 10 am this morning, we’ve received reports of 24 deaths associated with yesterday morning’s tornado through middle Tennessee. There are still currently 38 residents missing. Over 200 have been taken to hospitals with injuries. And thousands are still without power. There are at least 9 area shelters set up where locals spent the night last night. Experts are saying that in Mt Juliet and in Donelson County (where Nashville is located) the tornado was an EF3 level, with winds at approximately 160 miles per hour.
Our collection for emergency supplies has begun at Sam’s Club on Wards Road in Lynchburg, Virginia. It will be held each day from 10am until 6pm, through Saturday. Supplies donated must be new, unused, and in unopened packages. Financial donations can be given at our collection site; they can be mailed to GFTW, PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538 (Be sure to write TN Tornado in the memo line). Online donations can be made by simply clicking here or pressing the red Donate button at the top of the page.
Join us in praying for all who are affected by the Tennessee tornadoes.
Tuesday, March 3: It’s too soon now, to fully estimate just how much damage Nashville, TN and surrounding areas incurred from the tornado that struck during the early morning, today. What we do know is that substantial damages to businesses, churches, and homes have left residents of Nashville and the communities of Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, and Hermitage completely devastated.
“Last night was a reminder about how fragile life is,” Nashville Mayor John Cooper said in a news conference this morning. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has declared a state of emergency.
We know that least 40 buildings were destroyed in downtown Nashville, alone. More than 20 people are dead; countless others are injured. Hundreds are left homeless, and thousands are without electricity because of the four substations that were destroyed.
Gleaning is responding. We’re preparing to send emergency supplies to be distributed among those most in need because of these devastating tornadoes.
Our team has been on the phone since early this morning with multiple Tennessee partners to discuss the logistics involved in sending these emergency supplies.
We will be collecting supplies and financial donations at our local Sam’s Club, located on Ward’s Road in Lynchburg, Virginia starting tomorrow and going through the rest of the week from 10am until 6pm each day. We need your help. Product donations and financial donations are needed.
Checks can be mailed to PO Box 645 Concord, VA 24538. Please be sure to write “TN Tornado” in the memo line.
Online donations can be made by simply clicking here.
Please join us as we meet these urgent needs in Tennessee.
Concord, VA, 24538