Law enforcement, volunteers help victims of Christmas Day bombing

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Posted at 6:55 AM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 07:55:45-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — Since the Christmas Day bombing, the community support has been overwhelming, to say the least.

Now law enforcement and nonprofit organizations are working together to make sure the victims of the bombing are being taken care of during this time.

It's been nonstop for law enforcement as they piece together what caused a man to place a bomb inside an RV parked sending destruction downtown.

As agents learn more about the motive, they want to make sure the victims of the explosion are cared for.

"We’re looking at folks who essentially been property damage for them so it’s residents and businesses that are mostly impacted," said Beci Elam, FBI Supervisor with Victim Services.

Some business and building owners, as well as contractors, were allowed inside the blast site today to secure their buildings, but many victims have not been allowed to return to their homes or businesses, leaving behind IDs, car keys and cash.

Elam says her job is to make sure they have what they need.

"Getting them immediate stuff such as medications, driver's license, and passports. Things they need to be able to get through their day," she said.

While agents are doing that, the community is also stepping in to help.

"In 24 hours, 900 pieces of product was purchased. Our first delivery we had four or five trucks of nothing but deliveries just to us: 400 packages today alone," said Tina Doniger with the Community Resource Center.

Staff and volunteers at the Community Resource Center have been working overtime to offer their support. They're not just taking donations for the victims but first responders as well.

"It’s also about providing for people who provide for us," said Doniger.

The center is not only collecting food for law enforcement but also Chapstick, hand-warmers, flash lights and even saws.

The FBI says as of Tuesday they have helped at least 220 people impacted by the bombing.