You Sing, I Write: Help Nashville Flood Victims

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Help Nashville Flood Victims

Nashville saw much devastation and flooding the first week of May. As neighbors continue to band together to help rebuild what was lost, the national media is doing little to broadcast damages. It has been reported that this is the single largest disaster to hit Tennessee since the Civil War.

As I'm celebrating country music on You Sing I Write this week, I thought I'd bring to your attention just how bad things are in Nashville via a video I found on YouTube. After watching it, I've listed ways to get involved below.

Slideshow of photos of the devastation Nashville is facing.

A recent press release announced that Taylor Swift donated $500,000 to flood relief. Currently, cleanup and repair is expected to cost more than $1 billion.

"Thousands of homes were damaged, along with some of Music City's most important landmarks. Pleas to donate to relief organizations started early, and Nashville's musical talent — from local bands and clubs to the biggest stars — are giving their time and money to the effort," the press release stated.

GAC will air a telethon May 16 that will include Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Rodney Atkins and other stars live from the Ryman Auditorium.

On June 22, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will host "Nashville Rising," a benefit concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The lineup includes Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Lynyrd Skynrd, Brooks & Dunn, LeAnn Rimes, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Luke Bryan.

If you would like to help, there are three ways to make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund:

1. Visit to donate online

2. Call 1-800-REDCROSS

3. Make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999

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