My plan for today was to finally post my Nashville recap from my trip in January. But I woke up yesterday to the sad news that a devastating tornado hit the city in the early morning hours. My heart sank for this place that I love and I thought it is much more important to share ways to help right now.
I absolutely fell in love with Nashville when I first visited in 2016. What I loved the most…the people. They are so kind, helpful and vibrant. There’s not one person I’ve met in my time spent there that wasn’t the type of person you want to be around. I have literally had several Uber drivers that I’m thinking to myself while sitting in their back seat “I want this person to be my friend” Ok, that actually goes for bartenders, retail associates and strangers at the grocer store (basically everyone). The city is full of people who want to talk to you, want to have a conversation and get to know you. They want to suggest where you should go shopping or grab dinner or what route to take. The city and it’s people is unlike many others and it is wonderful.
It hurts me that they are going through this. That they are hurting now. Even in the hurt however, I have seen so many videos, read so many stories of the resilience, optimism, the helping out their neighbors that the people of Nashville have shown in the last two days.
Even in the hurt, there is care, community and love for each other. It is inspiring.
They still need us and here are some ways to help below:
The Community Foundation –https://www.cfmt.org/
Hands On Nashville – https://www.hon.org/
Mount Juliet Volunteer Sign up – https://mjpdnews.org/volunteer/
Donate through the United Way : Text RELIEF2020 to 41444
OR online: http://igfn.us/f/2oz0/n
Also, as you can imagine in such a creative city, there are several places to buy shirts, hats and sweaters where proceeds will go to the relief effort.
The Shop Forward (100 % proceeds) – https://www.theshopforward.com/collections/tornado —already got mine 🙂
Project 615 (100% proceeds) – https://www.project615.org/nashville-strong-campaign
Music City Market Place (100% proceeds) – https://musiccitymarketplace.com/products/keep-the-music-playing-nashville-tornado-relief-tee
Aviate Brand (50% proceeds on BNA products) – https://www.shopaviate.com/collections/tennessee
I want to leave you with this Instagram post… it’s a wonderful example of the optimism and resilience of Nashvillians.
I will be on the lookout for more ways to help and will be sure to share.
I am praying for you, Nashville.