In 2005 Ricky and I moved to Nashville. Immediately I felt at home. I don't know if it was the thriving arts scene, the friendly people, the beautiful downtown--something about Nashville just felt right.
I haven't lived in Nashville since July 2008, but I still love that city and seeing these pictures breaks my heart. But in true Nashville form, it's residents immediately banded together and started putting their town back together. According to Hands On Nashville's site volunteers donated 48,460 hours to flood recovery from May 2 through May 12! That's over FIVE years worth of time in TEN days! See why I love those Nashvillians?
But as amazing as that is, it's going to take more. Nashville is going to need many, many months and many, many dollars to get back on it's feet. And there are a lot of ways you can help.
Buy a cute t-shirt. I bought the one below and 100% of the proceeds go back to the community.
I think Little Ricky may need this onesie!
Text "Red Cross" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Nashville Red Cross.
Visit Cool People Care for more t-shirts and bumper stickers.
Michelle at Everyday Celebrating wrote about some great Nashville photographers who are donating their talent for an event called Photos for the Flood. If you're in Nashville, this is a great opportunity to have some beautiful pictures taken and help out! Check her post out for more info.
Melodie at Pink Cupcake Vintage also posted about ways to help Nashville.
Lastly, we still have lots of friends in Nashville. Most of them survived the flood fairly unscathed. But one set of friends lost everything. Their home completely flooded destroying family heirlooms, antiques and a lifetime of memories. You can learn more about my friends and how to help them on the Help the Fanns Facebook page.
I know there are lots of other blogs, websites, etc. with info on Nashville, but hopefully these will get you started. Help bring Music City back to it's former glory. And if you've never been, start planning a trip now. I promise, you will fall in love!