Tornado devastation: How You Can Help

Nashville tornado Devastation: How you can help

Nashville -- home of many of our favorite artists, and a great town -- was devastated overnight by a 10-mile long tornado that killed at least 22 people.The fast-moving storm cut power to more than 50,000 homes and business, with about 43,000 customers still without electricity by late Tuesday afternoon, according to Nashville Electric Service.

More bad news is expected to come, as Gov. Bill Lee told local media, "There are folks missing."

We know our audience, and we know your first question is: How can I help? put together this list for all the well-meaning folks who want to get donations of food and money in the hands of people who need it the most.

Here's the list of ways to help following the deadly tornado:

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties has established a relief fund• Text RELIEF2020 to 41444• Online at• By check to P.O. Box 330056, Murfreesboro, TN 37133 (please write RELIEF2020 on memo line)

American Red CrossPhone: 615-250-4300The American Red Cross has a long history of providing assistance to disaster victims around the world, and is the lead community agency responsible for sheltering and mass care services in Nashville. The Nashville Chapter American Red Cross will help identify and provide damage and needs assessment for disaster victims, and ensure that they have food, clothing, water, medications and other basic essentials.

Salvation ArmyPhone: 615-242-0411The Salvation Army has a long-standing history of ministering to children and families in Nashville, and would provide fixed and mobile feeding sites, clothing, bedding, lodging and other emergency aid to victims, if a disaster strikes. Also, the agency would provide case work and financial counseling services to families.

Second Harvest Food BankPhone: 615-329-3491Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee fights hunger by providing food, services and education to 46 Middle and West Tennessee counties, including the Nashville Davidson County area. During a community crisis in Nashville, Second Harvest would help in the coordination of basic food items to areas that need it. The organization was formed to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups and individuals who want to help provide food to people in Middle Tennessee who are hungry. Second Harvest is part of a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks and food rescue programs throughout the United States. In Middle Tennessee, the agency distributes food to more than 500 non-profit partner agencies.

Community Foundation of Middle TNPhone: 888-540-5200The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is the primary charitable repository for cash, and would maintain ultimate authority and control over the Metro Disaster Response Fund, a program designed to meet the needs of our community during disaster. The agency would convene the Metro Disaster Response Fund Advisory Committee to evaluate requests for cash assistance and make distributions from the fund to tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations assisting with efforts to rebuild the lives of individuals and families affected by a local disaster - both immediately and long-term. The committee is comprised of a designated representative from the Mayor's Office, The Office of Emergency Management, Interdenominational Ministerial Fellowship, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, Middle Tennessee Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MD TN VOAD), business community, and representatives with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.