Always eager to help out the home team, Nissan North America donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross for Nashville tornado relief into the Southern Tornadoes and Floods Fund for Relief efforts following a devastating tornado that hit Middle Tennessee. Napleton.news learned the funds will provide relief to those affected by the loss of homes and other property during the freak weather occurrences that happened March 3rd, 2020.
The funds will assist the American Red Cross to provide food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance to victims of the natural disasters.
“Our thoughts are with those whose lives have been forever changed by the devastating storms in the area,” said Paul Bajaj, senior manager, Nissan Philanthropy. “Our longstanding relationship with the American Red Cross made them a natural partner for us to work with to meed the immediate needs of the community that Nissan has called home since 1983.
Fifteen Nissan employee volunteers also handled telephones at a telethon organized by the American Red Cross and WKRN News Channel 2 to raise funds for relief efforts. More than $417,000 was collected, including the $100,000 Nissan donation.
The most substantial hit occurred in the area of Putnam County, Tenn., where at least 19 people lost their lives after a series of tornadoes ripped through the community. Tornadoes destroyed mobile homes and modest apartments, while others had their homes lifted off the foundations.
Governor Bill Lee told a news conference, “It is heartbreaking,” when describing the destruction. “We had loss of life all across the state.”
East Nashville, which felt the brunt of tornadoes 20 years ago, was once again hit by the destructive forces.
If you would like to join Nissan in helping to make a difference, for victims of this Nashville tornado episode, visit redcross.org, call 1(800)-Red-Cross, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
“It’s time to show the world, once again, that we can accomplish a whole lot when we come together as a community and lend each other a helping hand,” said Nashville mayor John Cooper.