Volunteers swarm East Nashville to help with the cleanup

Posted at 5:32 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 07:17:56-05

EAST NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — When Lane Wilson woke up this morning, he didn't think this would be how he spent his day. "I work in an office so my car doesn’t typically look like this," he said. "Let's see if we can get it knocked out."

Initially, Lane started solo, working on a tree on Russell Street. But within a matter of minutes, in came the cavalry. "We rolled down our window and asked, do you need help, and he gave us these gloves and we started coming down the street," said Perla Asarias, a student at Trevecca Nazarene University. She and her friend decided to come out to East Nashville after they saw all the destruction on social media.

"Neighbors help neighbors," said Joe Rebrovick, another volunteer that came out to help. None of the group knew the homeowner, they don't work in East Nashville, they don't even live there. They just saw a mess that needed cleaning up.

Backup arrived just in time. Some parts of the tree removal were far to complicated to be a one man job. The owner o the home was tied up with insurance all morning long, but her friend said these strangers quite literally freed her from her house. "I have no idea how they would do this otherwise," said Kelley Kirker, the homeowner's friend.

Yes, Lane never pictured spending his day this way, but after seeing all the devastation, he also couldn't imagine staying home. "I just feel like so many people need help, so we need to just get started," said Wilson.