Often it’s the toughest times in life that bring out the best in people.
After two tornadoes ripped through middle Tennessee and killed 25 people, things looked pretty bleak for the millions of survivors who were left to pick up the pieces. Yet the very next day, so many volunteers dropped everything to rush to their aid that many had to be turned away!
No matter how bad the devastation, hope began to spring up all around Nashville like a flower poking through crumbled pavement. Grieving survivors were comforted by their neighbors along with total strangers, all of whom had shown up to lend a helping hand.
Volunteers flocked to the neighborhoods that were hardest hit, helping survivors dig through the rubble to salvage whatever family heirlooms and memories as possible. Locals like Bishop Joseph Walker of Mount Zion said that the way strangers are coming together to help one another during these dark times is inspiring.
“Tonight is an opportunity to come together as a city,” said Bishop Walker during a prayer service. “There has been a devastating level of loss, but we’ve also seen the incredible spirit of Nashville, the resilience, the volunteers, people are doing great things.”
“So many volunteers came out to assist this weekend that many projects were completed by early afternoon!” wrote one volunteer organization. “Teams that had traveled out of state went back home because the immediate needs were met! Way to go Nashville Volunteers!!!
As clean-up efforts continue around the city, other organizations stepped up to help in their own ways. Nashville is known for its thriving music scene, so local musicians are stepping up to help each other get back on their feet. Catfish Seminar, a band from East Nashville, set up a temporary stage to play a free concert to cheer up those hardworking volunteers.
Gibson Guitars has an electric guitar factory and custom shop in Nashville. In an effort to bring music back to their city, Gibson is giving away a brand new free guitar to musicians who lost their instruments in the storms. Finally, Taylor Swift, a Nashville native herself, pledged a million dollars to help relief efforts!
“Nashville is my home,” Taylor wrote on Instagram. “And the fact that so many people have lost their homes and so much more in Middle Tennessee is devastating to me.”
It’s beautiful to see people joining hands to help those effected by the tornadoes! It just goes to show you that no matter how hard things get, as long as people work together and pool their resources to help others, we’re all going to be just fine.
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