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Donations Fill Tractor Trailers Across The Mid-State

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by Chris Cannon

PLEASANT VIEW, Tenn. - There is a 53 foot tractor trailer parked outside Pleasant View's city hall. Inside that truck you will find the generosity of an entire community.

Monday night Mayor Perry Keenan decided the town should collect donations for the Oklahoma tornado victims. He and his staff got to work first thing Tuesday.

"By 8:45 that morning we already had the truck and trailer, all the diesel, the driver, the diesel, everything donated," Keenan said.

Word about the donation effort quickly spread through the town of 4,100 people.

"All just off of Facebook and asking people to post it, repost it and share it on their pages," according to Keenan.

For two days, people have dropped off supplies for tornado victims in Oklahoma.

"There's just so much loss out there. We felt like we needed to do something, and that this was probably the least we could do," said Pleasant View resident Heather Wood.

Volunteers and city employees have worked separating and sorting all the donations to make it easier to access once it arrives in Oklahoma.

In Bellevue, the Sam's Club parking lot became a donation site for tornado relief. A tractor trailer was parked and people stopped by much of the day Thursday.

"The outreach and the outpour from the people's been amazing." said Mark Petty from Clear Channel Media Nashville.

The Nashville radio station promoted the donation site for the last day and people drove to Bellevue from across the area.

"We've had them from Gallatin, Hendersonville, Lebanon, so it's been amazing," according to Petty.

Sam's Club employees loaded all the donations onto the truck early Thursday evening and practically filled the truck.

The truck in Pleasant View still has room and city hall will be open again for donations Friday morning.

They will begin accepting those donations at 7:30 a.m. and hope to have the truck on the road Oklahoma by early afternoon.


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