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The Helpers in Nashville

The aftermath of a tornado that left whole blocks of Nashville devastated.


John Stonestreet

Shane Morris

Earlier this month, a tornado left whole blocks of Nashville devastated, and 25 people dead.

In the aftermath, volunteers began pouring in—so many, in fact, that one group in charge of directing them told those waiting in line to take a day off.

Witnessing this outpouring of neighborly love, one local musician wrote in The Atlantic that “…there is something about this city; something that lives in the music that ties us together…a kind of stubborn love of place that finds us at our strongest and best when we’re at our weakest and lowest.”

We’ve seen this in other cities, like Houston after Hurricane Harvey, when volunteers with the “Cajun Navy” mounted a search-and-rescue effort to rival the government’s. It’s the sort of response Ed Stetzer talks about, quoting Fred Rodgers: In the midst of disasters, “look for the helpers”—those good Samaritans who don’t stop to ask who their neighbor is before being neighbors.

In cities like Nashville, thank God, they’re hard to miss.


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What the Tornadoes in Nashville Revealed

Gretchen Peters | The Atlantic | March 6, 2020

Tornado relief agencies ask volunteers to take a day off

Travis Loller | ABC News | March 9, 2020

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