Nashville musician Vince Romanelli (who, in addition to his solo stuff, makes music with percussion duo The Bucket Boys and rock outfit Philos) has a friend and a bandmate named Kenny Foster. Foster's family lives in Joplin, Mo., and "his mom, dad and younger sister were trapped in their crawlspace and were freed after Kenny’s grandpa and a neighbor axed away at the rubble." According to Romanelli, "They walked away with nothing," and he's looking to help.
As reported over at Music Think Tank, Foster (and his wife Sara, with whom he is celebrating his one-year anniversary this weekend), will be heading to Joplin tonight, and he's gathering donations for victims of the tornado, with a specific emphasis on his family. Two more groups will be heading to Joplin later this week.
In addition to basic clothes, items like pajamas, work boots, socks, rain boots or jackets, are appreciated. Also, there is a need for day to day toiletries such as shampoo and conditioner, soap / body wash, makeup, tylenol / advil, towels / washcloths, etc. or items that will be helpful when working on clean-up efforts so things like work gloves, batteries, flashlights, bug spray, and sunscreen.
Beyond that, we have also been working with the local chapter of the Red Cross in Joplin and will also be carrying donations of items they’ve requested such as clothing (all sizes), blankets, duffle bags, sleeping bags, moving boxes (broken down so they can be transported easily) and non-perishable items. I would ask that the items donated be new or only very gently used. Since these folks will be starting completely over so we want to make sure that they are provided with items in a good condition and don’t come with stains, rips, or an obvious amount of previous use. We will also be purchasing water from nearby towns but didn’t want to use up the weight or space transporting those so any cash donations will be used on that.
Donations can be made through next week. Three drop-off points have been organized: Romanelli's studio, Foster's home and Downtown Presbyterian Church. See addresses after the jump, and remember to visit Nashville Think Tank for more information. Romanelli has also set up a PayPal for monetary donations, and he can be contacted at 615.669.6156 (Google voice) or vinceromanelli[at]gmail[dot]com. "It's amazing what you can find in the rubble," says Foster. "First off, we found Kate's [youngest child, soon to be married] wedding dress muddy, but intact. We've found backup hard drives, camping equipment, and most importantly, the wine cellar!" More info after the jump.
3608 B. Caldwell Court
Nashville, TN 37204
616 Hamilton Ave
Downtown Presbyterian Church - Church Office:
154 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37219