How you can help Nashville from East Tennessee

By: Sara Shookman Email
By: Sara Shookman Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- At Quaker Steak and Lube, it was bikes, beers and bucks for Nashville.

"Gotta give some money and help out, my neighbors. If I got it give it, it what I think," said Penny Henson of Knoxville, as she put a few ten dollar bills in the can.

The American Red Cross set up at the Biker's Boogie to collect donations for flood victims. "They were the ones that stepped up and said, 'We have a bunch of people that have heart for Nashville, so people come and help raise some money for our neighbors,'" said Lori Marsh of the event. Marsh is the development director for the Knoxville Area Red Cross.

It was the band, Hand over Fist, that suggested using music to raise money for the Music City. "Our brothers and sisters in West and Middle Tennessee are struggling, we're trying to get a place to make donations. And on Thursday nights, we have such a crowd here that's a great opportunity to get people to give," said guitar player Roger Hay.

If you couldn't make it out tonight on your bike, tomorrow WIVK and the Salvation Army will be here at the Clinton Highway Wal Mart collecting donations of toiletries and other items.

"You lost people that have lost their homes, vehicles, and their way of life, and we've got to step up and do what we can to help them," said Jack Ryan of WIVK.

The country station says Nashville is family, and they want to bring their friends out to help.

The Salvation Army is asking for cleaning items, like mops, brooms and sponges; liquids like bleach and cleaning concentrate, as well as bags and paper towels.

They'll also collect personal items like socks, underwear, toiletries and baby items. But please clothing or no bottled water. To see a full list of requested items, click on the link below.

"I guess we'll be out there until the truck fills up," said Jimmy Holt.


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