How to Help Nashville Tornado Victims

Nashville Tornado
photo from Metro Nashville Police

A devastating tornado rolled through Middle Tennessee late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, hitting parts of downtown Nashville, East Nashville, Donelson, Lebanon and other nearby towns.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency in Metro Nashville and Davidson County on Tuesday. For those looking to help, here are organizations that will accept donations, aid, and volunteers.

Where to Donate Items

The Community Resource Center Warehouse
(615) 291-6688
218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN

Wednesday – Friday 9:00AM-8:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Next Week 9:00AM-5:00PM

Schermerhorn Symphony Center
(615) 687-6400
1 Symphony Place, Nashville, TN 37201
Open during business hours and donations will be accepted at shows

Items Needed:

  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • baby food/formula
  • new baby bottles
  • box cutters
  • over the counter meds
  • new socks
  • underwear
  • trash cans

Bank of America

Bank of America in Nashville is partnering with nonprofit the Community Resource Center to accept donations at all 35 Nashville area financial center locations.

Items needed:

• Personal hygiene products (e.g., X, Y, Z)
• Baby items (e.g., formula, diapers, wipes, pacifiers and bottles)
• Battery-operated flashlights
• Gloves (work, vinyl or latex)
• Glass and disinfecting cleaning products
• Batteries
• Towels

*Participants should not bring cash or used items as they will not be accepted.

Bank of America has 35 Nashville area financial centers that will serve as drop off locations
throughout Davidson, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Williamson and Wilson Counties.

Interested participants can find their nearest Bank of America financial center by searching
their address on the Bank of America website.

Harpeth Christian Church 
1101 Gardner Dr, Franklin 37064

Drop off at Harpeth Christian Church at Building D. After business hours (8:30am-4pm), please leave donations on the brown bench outside the office doors at Building D.

Items needed:

  • trash bags
  • personal hygiene products
  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • over the counter medicine
  • NEW underwear
  • sports bras
  • NEW baby clothes
  • baby food
  • diapers
  • formula
  • bottles
  • pacifiers
  • blankets
  • NEW clothes
  • NEW socks
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels

Visit Franklin Office
400 Main St, Franklin, 37064

The Visit Franklin office is serving as a local drop-off spot for donations to benefit the Nashville Tornado victims. They are collecting items for One Generation Away, which will help tornado victims in Nashville, Mt Juliet and Cookeville.

You can drop off the items listed below now until March 13 at the Visit Franklin office, located at 400 Main Street in downtown Franklin. Hours of operation are Monday- Saturday 9 a – 5 p, and Sunday noon – 4 p.

Items needed:

  • bottled water
  • reusable shopping bags
  • peanut butter
  • pop-top cans of tuna, chicken, fruits, and vegetables.

Mercy Lounge Complex
1 Cannery Row, Nashville

Mercy Lounge is accepting donations for tornado relief at all upcoming shows. Click here for Mercy Lounge’s show calendar.

Items needed:

  • baby formula
  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • D batteries
  • Depends
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • non-perishable goods
  • canned goods
  • feminine hygiene products
  • deodorant

Visit Gideon’s Army and The Community Resource Center websites for more items needed.

All donations will go to Gideon’s Army and The Community Resource Center.

Other Ways to Help

American Red Cross
Phone: 615-250-4300

The Nashville Chapter American Red Cross will help identify and provide damage and needs assessment for disaster victims, and ensure that they have food, clothing, water, medications and other basic essentials.

Salvation Army
Phone: 615-242-0411

The Salvation Army has a long-standing history of ministering to children and families in Nashville, and would provide fixed and mobile feeding sites, clothing, bedding, lodging and other emergency aid to victims.

Second Harvest Food Bank
Phone: 615-329-3491

During a community crisis in Nashville, Second Harvest helps in the coordination of basic food items to areas that need it. The organization was formed to provide a central distribution center for companies, groups and individuals who want to help provide food to people in Middle Tennessee who are hungry.

Community Foundation of Middle TN
Phone: 888-540-5200

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is the primary charitable repository for cash, and would maintain ultimate authority and control over the Metro Disaster Response Fund, a program designed to meet the needs of our community during disaster. The agency would convene the Metro Disaster Response Fund Advisory Committee to evaluate requests for cash assistance and make distributions from the fund to tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations assisting with efforts to rebuild the lives of individuals and families affected by a local disaster – both immediately and long-term.

Crisis Center/2-1-1
Phone: 211

The Crisis Center/2-1-1 has been a critical partner in Nashville’s emergency and crisis response efforts for more than 35 years. When a disaster strikes, Nashville will rely on the Crisis Center and its recently created 211 division to connect disaster victims to the services they need. Whether it is food, shelter, counseling, or other social service needs, 211 is specifically designed to connect people with more than 2,800 health and human services agencies.

Hands On Nashville
Phone: 615-298-1108

Often, during a community crisis, people are eager to volunteer their time and energy to help communities recover. During a disaster, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management would rely on Hands on Nashville to connect volunteers with people and agencies that need help.

Tiff’s Treats

Tiff’s Treats is donating $5 from every cookie order through March 22nd to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund when customers use the code “NA5HVILLE”.
Tiff’s Treats has four stores in the Nashville area. “We want to give back to the Nashville community that has served us so well over the last two years by supporting relief efforts addressing victims’ immediate and ongoing needs in this time of destruction,” said Tiffany Chen, Tiff’s Treats co-founder.