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Here's how you can help residents, business owners impacted by Christmas bombing

Posted at 5:37 PM, Dec 29, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — More than 40 businesses were affected by the Christmas day bombing.

Nashville Ink owner Lior Rose first heard about the explosion while he was on vacation.

He checked his surveillance video to see what was left of his business. The building was wiped out.

"It's a big shock, there's no words to describe More than 40 businesses were affected by the Christmas day bombing, the shock," Rose said. "You can't really believe it. You don't believe it's real or it's true."

As the investigation continues, people are asking how they can help.

Camping World CEO and CNBC host Marcus Lemonis posted this on his Twitter page:

"I have put the first $500,000 in!Nashville 30 Day Fund is liveand I need your help to spread the word"

It's not lost on the community that this devastation comes in the middle of the pandemic. The global health crisis has already made this year difficult for businesses.

"They all have rents, families, and kids," said Rose. "They have groceries and stuff like that."

Rose has set up a GoFundMe to help out his employees.

NewsChannel 5 and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee teamed up to create the Nashville Neighbors fund.

Helping businesses and individuals affected in this bombing is as simple as scanning our QR code.

NewsChannel 5 has partnered with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) to establish the “Nashville Neighbors Fund” to support downtown residents and businesses affected by the Christmas Day explosion along the riverfront.

Grants from the fund will be made to nonprofits providing services for both the immediate and long-term needs.

The road ahead will be a long one.

"We are looking for a minimum of three months for codes will clear the building and will say it's sound and safe to rebuild everything," Rose said. "If not we'll have to find a new place."

First responders also need support with items like flashlights, chapsticks, and hand warmers. The Community Resource center says supplies can be dropped off at 218 Omohundro Place.