Yesterday, Greeneville’s own Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry (The Band Perry) joined both the Greene County Chapter of the Red Cross and the Greene County Disaster Relief/Donation Center to assist in relief efforts, offer solace to those who have been hardest hit and express gratitude for the first responders and community volunteers for their round-the-clock efforts.
The break-through country band, on the Republic Nashville label, is a family trio who call Greeneville, TN home. Their current touring schedule on Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic Tour has allowed them little time to return home since the storms devastated so many in the Greeneville area. That fact has weighed heavily on their minds over the past weeks.
“Nothing is more important to us than family, community and service to others,” said Kimberly Perry. “We have been anxious to visit our neighbors and help as much as we can. We hope that we helped to raise awareness of the needs in the area and we’re very happy that we could publicly thank and acknowledge the tireless efforts of all the local disaster relief workers.”
The Greene County Red Cross has undertaken a non-stop schedule of providing needed items to those affected. In Tennessee, since April 27, the Red Cross has served almost 40,000 meals; and more than 26,200 snacks; and delivered about 1500 comfort kits. Additionally, over 5,000 meals have been served by the staff at The Oaks Retreat center over the last week. On Monday The Band Perry joined the Red Cross in these distribution efforts.
The Band Perry next traveled to The Greene County Disaster Relief/Donation Center/Command Center, on the campus of the Free Will Baptist Family Ministries. This location has served as the official site for the disaster relief center in the Camp Creek Community. While there, Kimberly, Neil and Reid spoke to the media with their thoughts on the day and the urgency of the continued need for help. They highlighted what goods and services are currently needed (listed below).
Due to the massive destruction from the F3 Tornado that hit the area, Free Will Baptist Family Ministries and many emergency responders, volunteers, supporters, and rescue units answered the call in the community by providing shelter, food and water to those in need after the massive storm. Family Ministries plans to continue its efforts in helping friends, family, and neighbors in the surrounding communities during this time of need.
FWBF MINISTRIES has an ongoing need for the following items:
· Gatorade, vitamin water
· Easy to open canned foods
· Cleaning supplies – mops, buckets, brooms, dust pans, disinfectant cleaner, baking soda
· Building supplies – hammers, nails, tacks, saws, screwdrivers,
· Rakes, Shovels, wheel barrels, flashlights, batteries, candles,
· Small appliances – small microwaves, small coffee pots
· Animal food
· Towels, disposable Wipes
· Paper goods (paper plates, plastic eating utensils, paper towels, toilet paper)
· Trash bags, zip lock bags, sandwich bags
· NOT NEEDED: CLOTHES, FURNITURE OR WATER
**Badly needed monetary donations made payable to Greene County Disaster Relief, mail to FWBFM 90 Stanley Lane, Greeneville TN 37743
ABOUT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.
How to get Red Cross help: Call 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767)
How you can help: Red Cross services are provided free to people affected by disasters – and it is possible only because of the generosity of the donors who support the Red Cross every day. Financial contributions to American Red Cross Disaster Relief allow us to provide immediate assistance to victims of more than 70,000 disasters each year. You can help people affected by the tornadoes in Tennessee, across the country and around the world by visiting RedCross.org, texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Please send donations to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37243, Washington, D.C., 20013.
ABOUT THE GREENE COUNTY DISASTER RELIEF COMMAND CENTER
Free Will Baptist Family Ministries, headquartered in Greeneville, TN, has been providing unconditional love and support to young people and their families since 1939 through residential group homes and The Hope Center Crisis Pregnancy/Resource Center, extending to The Laurels Retirement and Assisted Living Center and The Oaks Retreat Center, as well as Governor’s Bend Retirement and Assisted Living Center under construction in Erwin, Tennessee, expected to open in March 2012.
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The Band Perry Photos by Kohl Threlkeld, Anthem Pictures/Provided by Sunshine Sachs & Associates