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New Volunteers Assist With Tornado Relief

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Volunteers with the Nashville Area Red Cross are working around the clock to help tornado victims.

Volunteers are manning feeding operations. They are distributing more than 3,000 meals and snacks each day to storm victims as well as to first responders, TEMA, fire and police departments and Red Cross volunteers and staff. 

Volunteers are also conducting disaster assessment in Macon, Sumner and Trousdale counties.

"The next few days we'll be getting all that damage assessment together and then we'll be able to interview each family individually," said Red Cross spokeswoman Jill Gorin. "Talk to them about their experience, talk to them about their loss."

For new disaster relief volunteers such as Iaian Hyde, it has been an eye-opening experience. He is among 4,000 people trained to respond to emergencies.

One hundred volunteers are helping families across the Midstate affected by the storms.

Hyde said witnessing the tragedy up close can be a lot to take in.

"You talk to them and see how much they are hurting and how stunned they are," he said. "Just to see the scope of the damage, it's really heartbreaking."

To learn how to become a volunteer, visit www.nashvilleredcross.org.

In the wake of disasters, the American Red Cross only accepts monetary donations.

To make a contribution, mark the gift as "Tennessee Tornado Relief" at www.nashvilleredcross.org.

Donors can also mail their gift in the form of a check, made payable to the American Red Cross. Mark "Tennessee Tornado Relief" in the memo line and mail it to the Nashville Area Red Cross, 2201 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203.

Donations are also accepted via telephone by calling 250-4264.

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