Support for Tennessee
Our thoughts and prayers are with the residents and families who were affected by two tornadoes that left nothing but destruction in their paths on Tuesday, March 3rd. Currently, 25 residents, including children, of middle Tennessee have been reported to have died or are still reported missing in the aftermath of the storm. Thousands of other residents are left to pick through the scattered debris that once was their homes.
In the wake of these tornadoes, Mercury One has mobilized with our humanitarian and disaster relief partners to begin to aid and rebuild these devasted communities. Read on for updates from our partner on the ground and learn how you can assist those in need.
Operation Blessing“Today was a great start to what will end up being a successful development here in Tennessee. We started early, scouting around to Shelby Bottom and Donelson. These areas were devastated by the EF3 tornado that touched down in the area. In Donelson, we saw a former Christian school that was leveled. Sheetmetal was thrown all over the surrounding community. Some pieces were even wrapped around telephone poles.
Despite having more hills, Shelby Bottom seemed to have a larger area of impact than Donelson. This area also had fewer volunteers. We witnessed one mother walking around with her four kids handing out baked goods. Little gestures like this were seen throughout the communities we were able to walkthrough. After this scouting trip we met with our ministry liaison, Jennifer Ranson whose insight and community resources were a tremendous help throughout the day. She took us to meet several church leaders in some of the most hard-hit Nashville areas. This urban community was reeling from the tornado, but was not as well off as the others. Trees, power lines, and debris plagued the community just as much as we had witnessed in the prior communities. These families were on the verge of homelessness. Many of them were benefactors of Jennifer’s Bridge ministry where they receive weekly food donations.
Despite the devastation, their demeanor left us feeling extremely hopeful. We also met with Pastor Andrew with Vicory Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet who was incredibly insightful. He was able to mobilize seven teams this morning that involved 120 volunteers total. He mentioned the type of work they were doing and what their immediate needs are. We look forward to further conversation with him as we determine where to set up our base of operations to help the most people.”
– Excerpt from Operation Blessing Deployment Manager
Gleaning for the WorldWorking together, Mercury One and Gleaning for the World are in the process of sending two truckloads of supplies to Tennessee. These truckloads of supplies include food, clothing, blankets, and water for the victims of the tornadoes. Gleaning for the World will continue to focus their relief efforts on Cookeville – a town of 30,000 in the country of Putnam where 100-150 structures have been demolished. Reports out of Cookeville state that there are currently 18 fatalities, 70+ people in critical condition, and 77 people missing.
Operation BBQWhen the Operation BBQ team was first deployed they quickly set up in Nashville at the Nissan Stadium. Since hitting the ground the Operation BBQ team has served over 60,000 hot meals to communities in need in a one week period. This would not have been possible without the partnerships and support from the Famous Daves franchise, Peg Leg Porkers, Martins BBQ and Lowe’s.
Volunteers poured in from all over the United States to help our partner Operation BBQ provide meals and a sense of relief to resident of Nashville and its surrounding communities.
Somebody CaresWhen a string of tornadoes ripped through central Tennessee, Somebody Cares reached out immediately.
Their partner, Holy Smoke, grilled and served over 6,000 hot meals for volunteers, residents, and first responders, including two public housing outreaches and serving their final meal to the East Nashville Police Department. Then the team gave Someday Cares comfort bears to children who had suffered loss.
Volunteers also worked to assist with tree and debris removed in the Rosebank community. Here, an estimated 75-100 homes were damaged by the storm, including 15-20 that were damaged beyond all repair. Beyond this restoration work, Somebody Cares teamed up to help a church/community center in Northwest Nashville. Their building had sustained roof and interior damage, and they are not able to open their doors until repairs are completed. SCA has been directing volunteers and teams to the church to help with clean-up and raised funds to help them with their $5,000 insurance deductible.
“We are blessed by all of you who prayed and gave so that we could help people in a time of need,” commented Bob Ball from BloodNFire Muncie, who serves on the grill team. Together we are reaching hurting, lost, and desperate people with the love of God.
There is still more work to be done to assist the first responders and those affected by the tornadoes in Tennessee. Mercury One needs your assistance in helping these people in their time of need. Please consider donating to our disaster relief efforts. Join Mercury One in keeping everyone involved in your thoughts and prayers during this devastating time.
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