Nashville Flood, How You Can Help

by Derek Clark

One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:24-25

Over the weekend middle Tennessee was hit with a huge storm and massive flooding resulted. We got around 13 inches of rain, the previous record was around 6. This caused flooding everywhere, including downtown. The flood stage for the Cumberland River is at 40 feet. It crested almost 12 feet higher at 51’9”.

There was a lot of devastation throughout the area, and many people have homes and businesses ruined. So far the death count is around 28. Thankfully my family and I stayed safe and our houses stayed dry. My wife and I were stranded apart for 2 days though. I was at a friends house with a few guys and she was at another friend’s house with my friends’ wives. All of the roads leading in and out of my friend’s neighborhood were completely underwater.

Anyways, on to the point of this post. Being generous is part of Christian finance. When people around you are in trouble you should try to help out if you can. This doesn’t mean loaning money to friends, it means giving freely to people who are in need.

If you don’t have the money to give, you can always give of your time. Sometimes that is even more valuable. Many homes will need to be completely gutted and rebuilt. People need your help, support, and prayers when things like this happen. If you can help out physically that is great. If you can contribute money that will help a ton. If you can just pray for all the people affected by this that could help more than anything.

Luckily, technology has made the donating part much easier than it used to be. With a simple text message you can donate $10 to help with the recovery. If you get a chance I would encourage you to do so. Also, sharing this post with others and tweeting the following message would be a great help.

Please text ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 with a $10 pledge to assist with Nashville disaster relief efforts.

I hope you will all join me in supporting those in need.

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Financial Bondage May 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm

you know, anytime there is an disaster anywhere in the world, the United States of America steps up to help other countries. Donate time, money, food. etc.

Interesting- when we have an emergency here at home like this flood, I don’t hear anything about other countries offering to help us financially.

Wonder why the double standard? Giving should not be a one way street… but sure seems that it is many times..

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Forest May 7, 2010 at 10:50 am

Really sorry to hear about this but glad you are all safe…. 28 deaths is no laughing matter :(.

I’m a bit late on this but tweeting now and hope more people read this… We should all give time at least.

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Daddy Paul May 8, 2010 at 9:27 am

You have my prayers as do all of the people in the flood.

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Derek Clark May 8, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Thanks guys I appreciate it.

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PT May 14, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Derek, I’m glad to hear you guys are ok. The media didn’t really share this like they should have. Thanks for blogging about it and giving me some insight.

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Derek Clark May 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Yeah I thought it was a little bizarre the lack of national media coverage it got. Some reports estimate that it did more damage in terms of money than Katrina.

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