Best-selling author to aid flood victims
Posted: Monday, June 7, 2010 12:33 pm
DYERSBURG (AP) — Dyer County may not be getting as much attention as Nashville after recent floods that hit much of Middle and West Tennessee, but best-selling author Nora Roberts has taken notice.
Disaster Recovery Services of Dyer County will receive at least $10,000 from a fundraising effort by Roberts’ faithful readers on her official fan website and a gift from Roberts herself.
The Rev. Gary Meade, president of the nonprofit’s executive council, said the total gift will be the single largest the group has received. The money will help the at least 400 Dyer County families flooded when Forked Deer River overflowed May 3.
Dyersburg’s State Gazette reports fans on the website A Day Without French Fries chose to help the county northwest of Jackson, after first looking at Nashville, because one of them lives in Dyer.
Roberts’ spokeswoman Laura Reeth said in an e-mail that fans raised $23,000 and the author donated another $500,000 a few years ago when they organized a similar fundraiser to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. That money went to Habitat for Humanity.
Information from: State Gazette, http://www.stategazette.com
Published in The Messenger 6.4.10