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Friday, April 29, 2011

Through the Storm, Through the Night...

The news reports that over 300 people have lost their lives due to storms that have ravaged the South, including ten in Northeast Tennessee, and at least 15 in the Tri-Cities region. Here are reports for Washington County, TN, Johnson County, TN, Greene County, TN, and Washington County, VA.

Here are photos of storm damage in Greene and Washington (TN) Counties. More photos from Washington County Virginia.

Johnson City resident, Tracey Alice Berry, has been posting information on her Facebook page regarding how people can help. Ideas include:

  1. RED CROSS:
  2. Bloodassurance
  3. Samaritan's Purse
  4. World Vision
  5. Asbury United Methodist Church, Greeneville
  6. Camp Creek Donation Drive (Greene County)
Snad included this in our church news:
CHATTANOOGA AREA: Red Cross is putting up Emergency Shelters in St. Elmo, Cleveland, Bradley County, Appison, Sequatchee, Ray, Trenton, and Ft. Olgethorpe (areas near Chattanooga). To help volunteer in one of the shelters over the coming weeks please contact Shelly at (423)265-3455.

SW VIRGINIA: An emergency shelter has been set up at Emory & Henry in Emory, VA. For more information call Elaine Smythe at (276) 944-6835.

Red Cross volunteers are providing meals in the affected areas and have established a shelter at the First United Methodist Church in Abingdon. Financial donations are needed to support the operation. To make a donation or to volunteer to assist, call (276) 645-6650.

GREENEVILLE AREA: The Opportunity House shelter in Greeneville, TN is available for folks that may have lost their homes in the storm, and the thrift store will provide a $25 per person voucher for clothes for anyone that needs it. PH# 423-638-4099.
Donations can also be made through the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

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