Red Cross Continues Tornado Relief in Tennessee

Boy helps clean up in OKC tornado aftermath

The American Red Cross continues its major disaster relief operation across 11 states to help over 23 million people impacted by massive flooding and destructive tornadoes.  After violent tornadoes cut a dangerous swath through Lincoln and surrounding counties in Tennessee on Monday,  the Red Cross mobilized dozens of volunteers, opened an emergency shelter, and is working to ensure that emergency needs are being met for everyone who was affected. 

"Today, volunteers will continue conducting damage assessments of affected homes in the community and canvassing the area to provide mobile feeding for emergency workers, clean-up crews and those affected by the storm," said Heart of Tennessee Chapter Executive, Mike Cowles.  “We are also working with our partners in the community to assure that disaster victims receive all the services they need to aid in their recovery, and to deliver as comprehensive a response as possible.”

A box truck has also been stationed to provide bulk clean-up items such as gloves, buckets, rakes, garbage bags etc.  The truck is located at:

Park City Baptist Church
2809 Huntsville Hwy
Fayetteville, TN

A First Aid Station will also be open and available at Howell Hill Community (474 Old Lincoln Rd., Fayetteville, TN) center, for those who may need first aid.
 
The Red Cross has partnered with the Salvation Army to provide food to disaster victims.  In addition to mobilizing three feeding vehicles, Fixed Feeding Sites will be located at:
 
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Corner of Smith Mill and Corders Crossroads
Fayetteville, TN
 
The Red Cross is activating our partnership with Goodwill, and they will be collecting donated items from the community.  A Goodwill donation trailer will be placed at 2762 Huntsville Highway, Fayetteville, Tennessee beginning at noon on Thursday, and will be available through the weekend to collect donations of items (i.e. clothing, furniture, housewares, etc.) from the public. In exchange for the donations, Red Cross will be provided Goodwill Cares gift cards that Red Cross caseworkers will use to meet the needs of those affected by the recent tornado, who still desperately need help. These Goodwill Cares gift cards can be used at any Goodwill store. The hours of operation for the Goodwill trailer are:

Today until 6:00 pm
Daily - 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Sunday - noon until 5:00 p.m.
 
In order to help meet all the needs of the community, the Red Cross will also be opening a Multi-Agency Resource Center, where those affected by the tornados can meet with representatives of various organizations who can connect them with the resources they need.  The center will be located at:
 
Prospect Baptist Church
32 Prospect Rd.
Fayetteville, TN

Today -  noon until 6:00 pm
Daily - 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Sunday - noon until 5:00 p.m.

HOW TO HELP:  Every year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters ranging from a home fire involving one family to larger disasters like hurricanes and wildfires that impact entire communities. If someone would like to help, they can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.