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TN sending relief to OK tornado victims


Tennesseans didn't waste time assembling resources to help Oklahoma tornado victims following Monday's storms.

Members of the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief, located at 410 Allied Dr., are busy Tuesday loading up a tractor-trailer with supplies like toiletries, non-perishable food and water to Moore, OK.

On Wednesday at 10 a.m., hundreds of volunteers will be loading up another truck to send to Oklahoma.

The public can bring supplies to the Churches of Christ location to help in relief efforts or call (615) 833-0888.

"For a lot of reasons, we love the people out there in Oklahoma and care a lot about them and wanted to do whatever we can, and this may be a small thing, but it's something and it's worth it," said Rebecca Leeper, a volunteer at the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief.

Family of God at Woodmont Hills is collecting large plastic storage tubs with lids that will be sent to the areas affected by the tornadoes. Donated tubs will be collected through Wednesday night, outside the east side of the church at 3710 Franklin Road in Nashville.

Nashville Christian School will have a 25-foot trailer parked in front of the school at 7555 Sawyer Brown Road on Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Folks are asked to bring canned and dry foods, baby formula, new or mildly worn clothes, bottled water, toiletries and sleeping materials such as pillows, sheets, blankets and sleeping bags.

The group asks that you package the items in a cardboard container or durable bag and write a list or label on the outside with a list of contents.

On Tuesday morning, six Red Cross volunteers in Nashville drove three emergency response vehicles to Oklahoma.

"They're working right now to provide food, shelter and emotional support to all of those families who've been affected," said Beth Ferguson, with the American Red Cross of Nashville.

Also, you can make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross by texting "redcross" to 90999. Donate to the Salvation Army by texting "storm" to 80888 to donate $10.

Tennessee sends search and rescue team

A Tennessee-based team of emergency service workers has gone to Oklahoma to help with tornado recovery.

Memphis Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke said that Tennessee Task Force 1 left early Tuesday from Memphis.

Cooke says the 80-member team will mostly help with search and rescue efforts after powerful and deadly tornadoes struck cities in Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday. Emergency crews are digging through the rubble of destroyed structures to find trapped people.

The team is bringing search dogs and semi-trailers loaded with equipment to help dig through collapsed structures and perform other duties. Cooke says the team consists of emergency personnel from around Tennessee.

The task force was one of several teams that deployed to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy last October.

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