Donelson Christian Academy receives donations from all over the world in tornado aftermath

Posted at 9:16 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 06:43:45-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — In the week after an EF-3 tornado hit Donelson Christian Academy, more than $100,000 dollars worth of donated school supplies have been sent to teachers.

Shortly after the tornado flattened classrooms at DCA, the school set up an Amazon Wish List to help teachers replace things that were lost in the storm. The items range from pencils and pens to play sets and books.

On Friday, teachers were loading up the dozens of boxes to take to storage at their homes and other places.

"The parking lot was full, the rooms in there were overflowing," first grade teacher Laura Townes said.

This is Townes' thirteenth year at Donelson Christian Academy. She said she saw the damage to the school for the first time on Tuesday morning, just hours after the tornado hit.

"It's so hard to put into words what it looks like," she said. "It doesn't even look like a school."

But after those emotional moments, she started to see the outpouring of support from the community and from around the world.

"I think it caught us off guard a little bit, but it's been humbling," she said about the donations.

Townes and other teachers said the notes that came with the supplies were even more touching than the donations themselves.

"Hi DCA, you'll get through this," one note read.

"You're in our thoughts and prayers, much love," another said.

"I mean it's just... it's overwhelming. It's so overwhelming when you think of everybody who has reached out to you," Townes said. "That's when you realize the love and support you have when you look at all these."

For more ways to help you can go to the Donelson Christian Academy website or to the Amazon Wish List page.