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Nashville volunteers ship trucks of supplies to Sandy victims

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Hundreds of Tennesseans are answering the call and doing what they can for the relief effort following Hurricane Sandy.

The Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Center in Nashville is ready to roll truckloads full of supplies to areas hardest hit by the storm.

"We've already sent out three trucks. This is going to help us send out four more," said outreach coordinator Ralph Coles.

Volunteers met Friday to pack boxes of food and supplies.

"The needs are growing, because communications are now opening up. So, we're getting more and more different locations of people needing food, water, clothing - all kind of different supplies we send out," Coles said.

The trucks are loaded with food, water, sheets, towels and cleaning supplies like disinfectants, brooms and shovels.

They buy by the truckload from the manufacturer, which gives them buying power. Executive Director Joe Dudney said if people want to contribute, sending money is the best way.

"The end is not in sight. I don't know where we'll end. This is huge. This is real huge," Dudney said.

Volunteers work at a feverish pace. Each box they pack has about 50 ingredients - enough to feed a family of four for five days.

And as volunteers on the ground in the Northeast continue to survey the damage, volunteers in the Volunteer State, like Bettye Carroll, couldn't help but notice and act as they hope others would do for us.

"Well, just think what you would do in a similar situation. And be thankful that there's other people who care," Carroll said. "I think it's the worst devastation we've ever had. I think the Lord's trying to tell us something.

Checks can be mailed or dropped off at Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort at 410 Allied Dr., Nashville, 37221.

For more information, call 615-833-0888 - or toll-free at 888-541-2848 - or visit:

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