I usually think I’m one who’s pretty good with words; however what I saw today leaves me speechless.
Though the Nashville Flood officially ended on Sunday, we’re still just starting to discover the extent of the damage.
Many roads here in Bellevue remain impassable, but most are finally able to get back to their homes to begin trying to salvage what is left. Dozens of homes were destroyed in River Plantation (where we first lived when we moved here last year) and we still can’t drive down the road that leads to Kariss’ school or the other home we rented off of Old Harding Road.
As devastating as the images are on the news, nothing could prepare me for seeing the homes in person or smelling the stench of the stagnant waters. Our church, CrossPoint, is getting ready to open their newest campus in Bellevue next Saturday, but they’ve been using the unfinished campus as a command center to help the Bellevue flood victims.
If you need help or supplies, or know of a family that does, just stop by the old Circuit City building next to Home Depot on Hwy 70S just east of I-40. The command center is being manned from 9a-4p right now. Here are the supplies they need most for the flood relief right now:
-Cleaning Supplies ***
-Contractor Bags ***
***Denotes items of greatest need
If you don’t live in Nashville and want to know how to help, visit CrossPoint.tv to make a donation. They’ve also mentioned that they’re collecting gift cards to give to the families who have been displaced from their homes. So, if you have any gift cards sitting around (or have earned some through Swagbucks!), contact Cross Point Church to see that they get into hands that need them!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned through all this, it’s to be available. We’ve found that in difficult times, like the loss of loved ones, people often don’t know what to do for those who are grieving. Yet all people want are just for others to be present with them; they don’t need to do or say anything, just be there.
The same principle applies now. I think many of us are thinking, “What can I do to help”? We’ve donated food and money, but we want to do more. You’d be surprised at the need you can fill if you just show up. Walk over to a neighbor, show up at a shelter or come to our command center. I didn’t think I’d be of much use with two small children in tow, but yesterday the three of us were able to help organize supplies being donated and today we were able to serve as a shuttle to deliver necessary clean-up items and bring things back and forth from the church. It may not seem like much to the individual doing the task, but a whole team of individuals “not doing much” adds up to a whole lot of work getting done for people that need it.
So, what will you do? Everyone can do something. If you can’t donate money, donate your time. If you can’t donate your time, search your house for some of the items above to donate. If all of us do a little, it will mean a lot.