Disaster relief efforts begin in Smith County – Here’s How to Help!

March 5, 2020

Local government, alongside many local businesses, organizations, and churches in Smith County are coming together to provide assistance and donations to those who have been affected by Tuesday’s tornadoes.

Here’s how you can help!

Update, as of Friday morning (03/06/20): Due to the incredible community response, Gordonsville Drugs is out of space for donations! Marty McCaleb Trucking has donated a tractor trailer and a driver to haul any supplies that will not be used here in Smith County to Wilson and Putnam County.

Someone will be at Marty McCaleb Trucking, located in the lot behind The Cornerstone Cafe in Gordonsville, today from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m to accept donations. Requested items are non-perishable food, toiletries, bottled water, children’s backpacks, luggage, etc.

On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, several citizens in the community met to create a Smith County Disaster Relief Committee. During the meeting, a motion was made to open an account at Citizens Bank for the Smith County Disaster Relief Fund, working under Smith County Living Committee 501(c)(3). Donations for this fund can be made at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.

Follow Smith County Disaster Relief Fund on Facebook to stay informed!

Board members of the Smith County Disaster Relief Committee are Brandon McGowan, Amanda Mason, Lacey Crockett, Amy Dudney, and Forrest Nesbitt Jr. Ex Officio: Bill Woodard, Jeff Mason, and Sonny Carter.

On Wednesday, Smith County Mayor Jeff Mason posted a statement saying that the following items are needed: gloves, trash bags, tarps, buckets, nonperishable snacks, water, Walmart gift cards, and monetary donations. 

The most needed items are bottled water, tarps to cover damaged roofs, and monetary donations.

Donations will be accepted at Gordonsville Drugs through Saturday during their normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monetary donations and gift cards can also be taken to The Smith County Mayor’s Office, located at the Turner Building in Carthage.

If you or someone you know is in need of donated items, please contact the Smith County Mayor’s Office at 615-735-2294. 

The Mayor’s Office is aware of the desire for coordinated volunteer clean up day and is expected to plan one in the near future. According to the Mayor, many impacted citizens are waiting on insurance adjusters to evaluate the damage before they can begin cleanup. Smith County Insider will post more information about volunteer opportunities as information becomes available.

Ebel’s Tavern in Carthage is also a drop-off location for donated items. Most needed items are non-perishable food, trash bags, and water. They will be accepting donations until Friday.

Clothing donations can be made at The Smith County Help Center, and the Help Center has also requested donations of bottled water and Gatorade. 

Union Heights Elementary is accepting the following donations for tornado victims: clothing, shoes, new men, women, boys, and girls underwear, water, work gloves, trash bags, canned goods, diapers, baby items, toiletries. The school will be open on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until noon, and items will be accepted all next week. Donated items will be split between local needs in Smith County, Cookeville and Mount Juliet/Lebanon. We encourage you to donate anything you can! We are all in this together.

Operation Compassion will be at the Carthage Church of God on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Disaster buckets will be available for the community and surrounding areas. If you know of a church or individuals in Nashville or Cookeville needing supplies to handout, let them know they are welcome to come pick up whatever they need. There will be clothing, diapers, and adult diapers available as well. If anyone needs a mattress or bedding, Operation Compassion can provide that as well.

The Carthage Church of God is also collecting supplies to give out, and the church is open to donations. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 615-281-8258.

The gym and the kitchen at First Baptist Church Gordonsville will be open for shelter and food. Anyone that needs a place to sleep, eat, shower, and just be safe is welcome. Food and shelter is free for all who may need it as long as they need it! If you have any questions, please contact 615-486-9068 or 615-418-5863. 

First Baptist Church Gordonsville is also accepting donations to give out to affected families, and volunteers are welcome!

Smith County Blessings will be set up at the Gordonsville Civic Center on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. serving food to those who have been impacted by the storms and without power. Stop by for a free meal of hot-dogs, chili, baked beans, potato salad, and chips.

A Blood Drive will be held at the Smith County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from noon until 6:00 p.m. There is an urgent need for blood due to the recent tornado. Many collection sites are either destroyed or closed. Donate if you can!

Artwears Graphics & Printing will be selling shirts to raise money for local disaster relief. Beginning on Friday, navy “#smithcountystrong” tees will be available at Hashtag Holly’s, Mommy and Me Embroidery and Botique, ArtWearz,  and Gordonsville Drugs. 

If you know of something we’ve missed, please let us know and comment on our Facebook post so that others can stay informed!