"Money," Peters says, without hesitation.
He explains that in a mass emergency situation, food distribution must be uniform. In other words, don't bring casserole dishes and drop them off at the Red Cross's door. Instead, go to the charity's online donation center, where just $115 can keep a displaced family in groceries for a week.
I suspect for many folks in the Volunteer State, this will be old news — there is a tremendous local outpouring of support whenever people are in need, whether they're in East Nashville, the Ninth Ward of New Orleans or Haiti. But although everyone wants to help, not everyone knows how to go about it. We'll continue to provide updates, both on Pith and in this week's Scene.
In the meantime, here's the most recent list of shelters, as of midnight:
Lipscomb University — Nashville, TN
Gordon Jewish Community Center — Nashville, TN
Fairview Recreation Center — Fairview, TN
Hazelwood Elementary School — Clarksville, TN
Al Menah Shrine Center — Nashville, TN
First Assembly of God — Erin, TN
First United Methodist Church — Millington, TN
First Baptist Church — Dover, TN
Grace United Methodist Church — Mount Juliet, TN
Smyrna Town Center — Smyrna, TN
Centerville Church of Christ — Centerville, TN
College Hills Church of Christ — Lebanon, TN
Haywood Junior High School — Brownsville, TN
Waverly Church of Christ — Waverly, TN
Civic Center — Jackson, TN
Baker Community — Millington, TN
People’s Church — Franklin, TN
Ed Rice Community Center — Memphis, TN