Where Did Your Flood Donation Go? - WSMV News 4

Where Did Your Flood Donation Go?


As the waters continued to rise last May, so did the level of the public's generosity. They donated millions of dollars to different charities, all hoping to help their neighbors who might have lost everything during the disaster.


Numerous charities raised millions of dollars across Middle Tennessee.


The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee collected $14 million, and so far has spent just more than $10 million. Most of the money spent has gone to rebuilding assistance.


"It is our job to restore lives and restore homes and restore livelihoods," said Community Foundation CEO Ellen Lehman.


The Red Cross said it took in $6 million, but it spent $10 million on flood relief. It said most of its money was used to open shelters, operate mobile response vehicles, and provide meals and cleanup kits.


"As the donations come in, we hope to recoup the cost that disaster created, and so the money has usually already been spent before we even start collecting a dime of it," said Red Cross CEO Joel Sullivan.


The United Way said it collected more than $1 million and sent those funds to organizations such as the Hermitage, Nashville Cares, and the Rochelle Center.


But it said it spent $43,000 more on flood relief than it collected, and it hopes to make up that difference through other sources.


The Salvation Army collected $1.8 million, spending it on clothing, rent and mortgage assistance, and building supplies. It still has $120,000 to spend.


But all organizations promise any money collected for the flood will be spent on flood recovery.


"Every cent of this money that has been donated for flood response will be used for flood victims," Lehman said.

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