Countless organizations and businesses have taken steps to help with tornado recovery efforts this week.
Following are some and their specific efforts:
* The Kroger Foundation is donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross and the company is donating truckloads of food and other supplies to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and others community partners.
To make a donation, Kroger customers can simply add any amount they wish to their total purchase at time of checkout. The amount of each tax-deductible donation will appear on the customer’s receipt as a donation. All funds collected will be sent to the American Red Cross.
“We are thankful for this opportunity to work with the American Red Cross and others to lend a helping hand,” Melissa Eads, Kroger spokesperson, said in the release. “Kroger customers and associates have a history of giving during times of disasters. We have stores in these affected areas, so we know many Kroger customers and associates have been personally affected.”
* Workspace provider Regus has opened business lounges at six locations — 30 days of free access — across Nashville to companies and entrepreneurs displaced.
Complimentary lounge access will be available through April 3, Monday through Friday during standard business hours.
Download the Regus app, visit www.regus.com, or call 1-800-633-4237 and press option 3 to access a list of locations. Mention the "Nashville Tennessee Severe Storms Relief Program” when entering a facility.
* Freeman Webb Co. is offering short-term leases in all vacant units in its apartment communities to those seeking shelter.
The company is offering the leases with no premium at the company’s best rates. Freeman Webb is waiving all upfront fees, including application fees, administration fees and deposits.
“We want to make sure that we do whatever we can to help our neighbors,” Freeman Webb Executive Vice President Bob Freeman, who also represents the 56th House District in the Tennessee General Assembly (which includes parts of Nashville), said in a release. “Nashville is our home as well, and having a place to call home is vital for everyone. We are so proud of our employees who have gone the extra mile to help their residents, many of them working through the night and arriving immediately after the storms hit to make sure everyone was safe. ”
Chairman Bill Freeman (who also owns Post parent company F.W. Publishing) said the company has suffered extensive damage to some of its properties, and its employees “have worked tirelessly to ensure that every one of their residents is safe and has temporary shelter elsewhere during the recovery efforts.”
* Vanderbilt Athletics will host a donation drive on Saturday prior to the men’s basketball home game against South Carolina.
The drive will take place from 8 a.m. until noon and will be held in the McGugin Center parking lot at 2601 Jess Neely Drive).
Vanderbilt is working with the Community Resource Center, which has requested tarps, personal hygiene items, bleach, trash bags, gloves, baby and toddler clothes, formula, underwear, bras, batteries and baby food.
The first 500 people who donate will also receive a ticket to the men’s basketball game, which tips off at 11:30 a.m.
* The Convention Center Authority has announced a donation of $50,000 to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee fund on behalf of the Music City Center staff.
“The devastation from the tornado impacted many people and businesses in our community, including some from our team,” Charles Starks, MCC president and CEO, said in a release. “On behalf of our team, we are making a donation as we stand together with our community.”
Gibson charitable arm Gibson Gives has announced an initiative to provide a guitar to any musician whose instrument was damaged, lost or destroyed.
“Our goal is to get a guitar back into the hands of anyone who has had their guitar damaged or destroyed in the recent Tennessee storm,” Dendy Jarrett, executive director of Gibson Gives, said in a release. “As a Nashville-based company, we are also engaging with our artists and other partners to provide support across many areas.”
Musicians who lost their guitars in the recent storm can send their story to the Gibson Gives Guitar Recovery Plan at email@example.com. Guitars will be provided at Gibson’s discretion, based on proof of damage or loss. Replacement guitars given out may be demo models, prototypes or shop worn, across Gibson’s various guitar brands.
Gibson moved its headquarters to Nashville’s Cummins Station in July 2019.
* Macy’s has donated $20,000 to Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund to support its disaster relief efforts and continues its charitable round-up campaign to benefit Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee.
Throughout March, Macy’s CoolSprings Galleria, Macy’s Green Hills and Macy’s Rivergate locations will offer customers the opportunity to round-up their in-store purchase to the nearest dollar (up to $.99) and donate their change to Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee’s tornado relief efforts.
Additionally, to help those who need to replenish lost or damaged items, Macy’s will offer a disaster relief savings pass for all those affected by the devastating storms. As residents look to rebuild, Macy’s will offer 30 percent to 10 percent off regular and sale items in-store at Macy’s CoolSprings Galleria and Macy’s Green Hills through Aug. 31.
* Publix Super Markets is donating f $100,000 to the American Red Cross and United Way for relief efforts for the affected areas.
The company also has established a program to allow customers and associates at its Tennessee stores to make donations to a relief fund. Customers may donate any amount by adding it to their grocery totals.
“Our customers trust us to provide a way for them to donate to help their neighbors in need,” said Director of Communications Maria Brous. “It is our privilege to support our communities when disaster strikes.”
* Lyft has activated its disaster response program to provide rides.
Discounted rides can be accessed using code NASHRELIEF20 for those evacuating to local shelters and wanting to donate blood to the American Red Cross. This code is valid for two rides, up to $15 per ride, between now and March 10.
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