The Band Perry tours Greeneville wreckage

By: Sara Shookman Email
By: Sara Shookman Email

Free Will Baptist Family Ministries

Ongoing need for the following items:
  • Gatorade, vitamin water
  • easy to open canned foods
  • cleaning supplies - mops, buckets, brooms, dust pans, baking soda, cleaner
  • building supplies - hammers, nails, tacks, saws, shovels
  • flashlights, batteries, candles
  • small appliances
  • towels, disposable wipes, paper goods
  • trash bags, ziplock and sandwich bags
  • totes

NOT needed:

  • clothing
  • furniture
  • water


GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- You know their voices and their name. Did you know the Band Perry calls East Tennessee home?

Monday, Volunteer TV's Sara Shookman walked with the award winning country trio among the ruins in Greeneville, where last month's tornadoes claimed seven lives.

A note of sadness brought this family home.

"Music its sort of the tie that binds," said Kimberly Perry. "Because we play it we were hoping to get out and encourage some folks, get our hands down and dirty in the relief effort."

Kimberly, Neil and Reid of The Band Perry spent most of day delivering meals and a measure of hope.

"Whenever you're able to actually stand and see how wide the tornado actually was, it's pretty powerful, amazing that it did all this damage," said Reid Perry.

In Camp Creek, where seven died, only steps remain where homes once stood.

"We lost everything," said Cecil Greer, who lives in one of the worst hit zones.

The Band Perry doesn't make it to Greeneville very often, but they say they needed to be here today for their neighbors that don't have a home left.

"I think the biggest reflection is the hearts of humanity who are here helping pitch in, but also just really how troubled a lot of these folks who lost their homes, and maybe even some of their friends are, so our heart just really goes out to them," said Kimberly.

"For us to come back, get our boots on the ground and get our hands dirty, is really good. We're happy," said Neil Perry.

They call their steps to help a small token for what Greeneville has given them. "Little extra. Makes lunch a little nicer," said Mickey Cox, a volunteer.

For others its a push on the road to recovery.

"For the families that have lost loved ones, who've lost everything, you know to come back, and to say thank you, and we're not going to forget you. We're going to make sure the country doesn't forget you. It's huge," said Dr. James Kilgore with Free Will Baptist Family Ministries in Camp Creek.

"You can't measure that type of benefit," said Glenda Bobalick, American Red Cross operations director for the Tenn. storms.

But you can measure what it means. "A call to action, answer it," said Kimberly.

Band Perry members say they're working up plans for a continual effort. The American Red Cross and the Greene County Disaster Relief Fund are already there and could use your help.

You can reach the Greene County effort at 423-378-8700.

The Greene County Disaster Relief Fund says donations are badly needed. You can mail them to 90 Stanley Lane, Greeneville TN 37743.

Free Will Baptist Family Ministries says they are also collecting items, like easy to open canned foods, cleaning supplies. You can see a list of what's needed and not needed above.

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