City of Clarksville assists with tornado recovery efforts, blood drives and donated supplies
CLARKSVILLE, TN – The City of Clarksville and separate city leaders are working alongside various organizations and independently to help those affected by recent tornadoes and powerful storms that swept through six states on the night of December 10.
CDE Lightband sent four contract teams (26 people) to Kentucky on Saturday and one team (5 people) to Dickson County on Monday to help restore power. Crews will stay in Kentucky until power is restored, and the crew sent to Dickson County will return Friday night.
On Saturday, Constables Joshua LaJoie and Justin Vojta of the Clarksville Police Department took action by volunteering with YAIPack Outreach, a local non-profit organization serving the homeless and others in the needed, to load supplies carried by the organization to affected areas of Kentucky.
On Tuesday, three teams (17 people) from the city streets service were dispatched, along with six tandem trucks, two single-axle trucks, a backhoe, two knuckle boom trucks and a low loader to assist with the clean-up efforts and clearance. in Dickson County. Crews will continue to assist the county until Thursday.
On the same day, the Clarksville Fire Department also participated in tornado recovery efforts by assisting firefighters in Pembroke, Ky., With cleaning up debris. The all-volunteer force, consisting of approximately 17 people, was equipped with chainsaws, all-terrain vehicles and a utility platform pickup truck.
City-led efforts you can help
City Clerk Lisa Canfield, has partnered with City Hall with the local American Red Cross to support tornado victims and contribute to the nationwide blood shortage. City employees are encouraged to participate by donating blood or providing financial support. All blood donations are made by appointment only. No one under the age of 16 is allowed on the site. The community is also strongly encouraged to participate in the partnership.
To schedule your blood appointment, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). You can also activate blood donor skills on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information.
To make cash donations, visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669). You can also donate $ 10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief by texting REDCROSS to 90999. The charge will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance.
The city’s Parks and Recreation Department collects non-perishable food, clothing and monetary donations for two of its members whose families have been displaced and severely injured by storms in Dawson City and Sacramento, Ky.
The department has six drop-off points:
- Burt-Cobb Recreation Center: 1011 Franklin St.
- Crow Recreation Center: 211 Richview Road
- Kleeman Leisure Center: 166 Cunningham Lane
- Main Parks and Recreation Office: 102, public square
- Mason Rudolph Golf Course: 1514 Golf Club Lane
- Swan Lake Golf Course: 581 Dunbar Cave Road