Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mobilizing the mamas (and daddies) -- E Nashville flood relief in bite size bits for families with young children

Thanks to so many of you for getting in touch. If I haven't written or called you individually, I'll attempt to get to it as soon as I'm able. Like you, I'm in my householder years, and like many of you, I'm also digging my family out of our own flood damage.
That in mind, here are some opportunities straight away:

1) Toys of all kinds can be donated at Fairytales Booktore at Riverside and Porter, next door to Pied Piper Eatery. On *TUESDAYS* a portion of Fairytales sales will go to the Red Cross. The plan for collected toys is to have them distributed to daycares and churches (some of which lost all materials for children's programming.)

East Park Community Center is functioning as a Disaster Relief Center and will take all sorts of household and personal items for flood affected folks. If you can not get there on your own, the following are other drop sites:

2) Toys that will go to specific needs *as they arise* can come to my front porch: 410 Rosebank Ave.

3) Adult clothing / shoes / accessories for donation (EXCEPT underclothes) can come to my front porch: 410 Rosebank Ave.

4) Diapers, formula, hygiene items and bulk dry food and other items can also come to my front porch.

5) All children's clothing items and underclothes for babies, children, teens and adults (new or GENTLY used -- socks, undershirts, nightclothes, tights, hose, bras, panties, boxers or briefs....) can be dropped in the proper bins at 1116 Ordway (corner of 12th & Ordway.) See below for how to sort:
BABY- sizes 0-12mos.
GIRL-sizes 2-10
BOY-sizes 2-10
OLDER Girl/Boy-sizes 10-Jr. (or through teenage sizes)

ALL underthings should go to this location, and be **separated** from street clothing items.


6) Samantha Hamernik Williams is spearheading penny receptacles for the Pennies & Prayers Parade project. She has the ability to tell you what we are using (gallon jugs and / or coffee cans, and supply you with links to labels to be printed out.) IF you determine a public place for the receptacle (your place of worship, your ice cream shop, gas station, diner, school, etc.) let me know --  I'm keeping a list of all collection sites and will be available or find another volunteer who is available for pick up and coin rolling. Contact Samantha here:
1 615.636.5191


7) If you haven't yet photographed yourself and your loved ones with prayer / inspirational thought, please do so and send it directly to the Pennies & Prayers Parade blog here: -- Anything in your email will upload directly to the website ( The intention is for this action to be interfaith, intergenerational, intercultural, interdependent. Share with friends both far and near. The more participants we have, the greater the good energy and the powerful positive focus on our city in its time of need. You can also donate to the flood relief fund via the pay pal button at the site. (ALL monies donated from receptacles and pay pal will be donated in lump sum to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's flood relief fund. In the meantime, money will be in a non profit bank account and set aside specifically for this purpose.)


8) Free childcare-- *for YOUNG children* whose families are flood affected OR are volunteering for flood relief --is being offered by the very wonderful Beth Seiters of Riverwood House (a home school environment for young children.) 

9) Penny rollers, errand runners, bakers, all welcome and needed at some point if not today. 


10) Larger household items (mattresses, furniture, medium / large appliances, etc.) are being collected at a building donated by the generous Allison and March Egerton on Gallatin Rd. Please see info below for details, and let me or Angie Edwards know if you are able to work a shift to receive these items.

The storefront space at 407 Gallatin Road (next to Sherwin Williams and
across from Firestone, near East Literature School) generously made
starting a new household, such as, lamps, lighting, appliances, AC/heating
equipment, duct work, vanities and other construction-related items, is
EXPANDING ITS HOURS for the rest of this week for receipt of your donated
items. Please make sure that all items donated are in good condition, clean
and have not been in the flooding.  If you are wondering what we are able to
take, just keep in mind that we are not looking for everything you could
clean from your attic - THINK MORE ESSENTIAL LARGER ITEMS that people would
need to start out a new home.  D├ęcor, artwork and picture frames, etc. would
come later, for instance.  Also, for now, clothing and smaller house-wares
donations are still being received at the East Park Community Center; only
the larger items being taken at 407 Gallatin.


*        Wednesday, May 12 - 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM (NOTE:  One person will be
available to help with heavier lifting between 11 AM and 1:30 PM) and 5:00 -
7:00 PM
*        Thursday, May 13  -- 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM (NOTE:  One person will be
available this entire time to help with heavier lifting) and 6:00 - 8:00 PM
*        Friday, May 14 - 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM (NOTE:  One person will be
available to help with heavier lifting between 11 AM and 1:30 PM)
*        Saturday, May 15 - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
*        Sunday, May 16 - TBD
If anyone has donations this week outside of these listed times, or if you
have items but truly do not have a way to get them to us, please call
Barbara Brown at 615-516-1504 to make an appointment for a drop-off or for a
possible pick-up time.  Generally, when delivering you will need to have
with you the manpower to lift large items from the vehicle and move them
inside since volunteer staffing will be minimal except during those
particular times noted above.  We do have one hand-truck at the location to
help move things.

As mentioned earlier, INITIALLY this location is open ONLY FOR THE RECEIPT

OF DONATIONS OF SUCH LARGER ITEMS.  We will first build the stock, get it
organized and then we will let everyone know when/how we will be able to do
the distribution of such items to the people in need.

Again, many thanks to property owners Alison and March Egerton and Dan

Heller for donating the use of this space!


Angie Edwards


Contact me with questions / comments / ideas for what YOU can do, here:

Paige La Grone Babcock
mobile mama 495-1879

Coordinating the parent / child arm of volunteer teams on the Eastside, in partnership with ArtHouse Gardens
Participate in the Pennies and Prayers Parade, and share the opportunity widely!!

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