We always strive to help our local communities, especially in times of disaster. The Christmas Day bombing that took place in downtown Nashville is just one of many terrible disasters to recently inflict harm on middle Tennessee.
To help ensure folks get the information they need as quickly as possible, we’ve put together this resource and assistance guide. We’ve also included a list of reputable websites where donations can be made - we worked with NewsChannel 5 to provide matching donations of $15,000.
Now, more than ever, our community is called to come together and support one another through hard times. We still have not heard whether the FBI will declare the bombing an act of terrorism or suicide. Should it be deemed an act of terrorism, residents and local businesses affected by the explosion may not receive insurance from their insurance companies.
WHERE TO DONATE
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Fund
This fund was set up by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and WTVF NewsChannel 5. They are providing financial assistance to nonprofits who are helping those impacted. Make a donation here.
The Community Resource Center
The Community Resource Center has helped Nashville residents through many disasters, including the tornado of March 2020. Through the generous help of volunteers, they provide supplies, food and necessities to all impacted. They keep an updated list of their needs on their Instagram. Make a donation here.
Donations for Nashville Neighbors
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp have started a charitable donations page where they welcome any monetary amount from as little as $5. Make a donation here.
Nashville Strong Assistance Fund
This assistance is for both individuals and businesses impacted by the explosion. You can fill out an online application for assistance or you can call (615) 352-3087. Get assistance here.
Metro Nashville Davidson County Government is offering assistance to individuals affected by the bombing. They offer many ways to contact them for support. You can visit their website, download the hubNashville 311 app or call 311. Get assistance here.
Second Harvest Food Assistance
There are currently food distribution sites all throughout Nashville. Individuals who need food assistance can text ‘FEEDS’ to 797979 or visit the Second Harvest website. They have created a tool to help you find the nearest food distribution site. Individuals can also call 2-1-1 for additional information. Get assistance here.
The Salvation Army is providing various gift cards for those affected and in need of immediate cash assistance. You can text ‘STRONG’ to 484848 or visit their site for more information. Get assistance here.
Housing and Immediate Needs
The American Red Cross of Tennessee is providing assistance to individuals who lost their homes. They can be contacted at 800-RED-CROSS to help with any immediate needs, including food, shelter, clothing, health and mental health services, community referrals and recovery assistance. Get assistance here.
Internet and WiFi Needs
If you are experiencing Internet shortages after the bombing and/or due to the pandemic, these companies are offering help: Xfinity Internet Essentials for Eligible Households, Charter Communications and Spectrum Internet Assist.
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has created a list of available employment resources, including job opportunities and information on unemployment benefits, plus resources for businesses that were destroyed in the bombing. Get assistance here.
As more resources are made available, we’ll update this guide and continue to share its contents on our social channels.