My Sweet NashvillePosted: May 4, 2010
This is my first non-art-related blog post. As I’m sure you’ve heard by now (well, probably. we still haven’t gotten too much national news coverage), Nashville experienced intense rain this past weekend that resulted in severe flooding in many parts of the city (click here for a quick overview and some heart-wrenching images). Some Nashville landmarks, including the Opryland Hotel, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Country Music Hall of Fame, and Grand Ole Opry House were all damaged. In addition, thousands of homes are ruined and 21 lives (and counting) were lost. I still haven’t painted over my Nashville painting, and I’m not totally sure I can bring myself to now that the city has been “painted” over in a way that is all too real.
I was actually out of town for the rain, but am certainly back for the aftermath. My house suffered some flooding in the basement and some minor damage, but I can’t complain after seeing what so many others are going through. I have only seen the damage downtown, which is dramatic and overwhelming. I am so sad for my sweet city. Someone today said they feel the same as they did after 9.11. I agree. It’s so surreal how much damage there is and how much sadness we are all feeling.
Amazingly, this city has united in a way I never expected. I signed up to volunteer with Hands on Nashville, but haven’t yet been able to participate in any of their flood relief activities because the spots are filling so quickly. People seem to be giving money, necessities, and their time in droves. There haven’t been any stories of crime or looting. Amazing.
If you’d like to help get the city back up and running, all of us Nashvillians would be so appreciative. There are lots of places to donate money, but here are some that I am more familiar with:
Second Harvest Food Bank– Every dollar donated provides FOUR meals for hungry Nashvillians, and unfortunately the number of hungry Nashvillians has increased in the past few days.
The Bridge Bunch– Nashville has an extensive Tent City that housed many of our homeless. Unfortunately it was washed away with the floods. The Bridge Bunch provides food, clothing, and assistance to these Tent City citizens on a daily basis. Your monetary contribution will help them to buy new tents, clothes, sleeping bags, pots and pans, etc. for these guys who literally have lost everything.
Red Cross– Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Nashville Disaster Relief Fund. You can also donate online.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee– In partnership with Davidson County’s Office of Emergency Management, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has activated its Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund to help to those affected by the floods.
Thank you so much for anything you can contribute, and please continue keeping our city in your thoughts and prayers.