Aid group looks to replenish funds for future relief efforts

Aid group looks to replenish funds for future relief efforts
Northwest Tennessee Di-saster Services, which is based in Obion County, is seeking donations through its website: togetherforall.org.
Chief executive officer Rob Adcock has said the organization has nearly exhausted its national relief fund after responding to both Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy.
NTDS was created as an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) classified, independent entity with former American Red Cross executives, retired FEMA personnel, retired and active U.S. Armed Forces officers, first responders, teachers, doctors, nurses, paramedics, homemakers and students. It was formed against insurmountable odds to serve the great state of Tennessee with support from federal, state  and local agencies, as well as first responders and emergency service members, a press release states.
The organization provides mass care, disaster preparedness training, first aid/CPR training, counseling and emergency services for U.S. Armed Forces families. NTDS responds to the communities it serves during times of local disaster and deploys its first responders in support of federal emergency declarations in limited areas of the United States.
Adcock said the organization receives 100 percent of its support from the communities it serves and government funding, corporate funding and individual funding comprises the lifeblood of its mission.
During August and September, the local organization responded with donated generators, cleaning supplies, water, food, warm blankets and more to give to affected Louisiana residents. When Superstorm Sandy hit New York, NTDS organized relief operations and arrived in Brooklyn and then later Staten Island on Oct. 31 to give out supplies to victims of the storm.
“These two major national disaster responses have nearly exhausted the organization’s national relief fund. Under these extraordinary circumstances, NTDS has made the unprecedented move to reached out to Taylor Swift’s management in Tennessee for hopes of additional support,” Adcock said, adding earlier this year the organization honored the music superstar with the Star of Compassion Award in recognition of her wonderful spirit of giving.
Tax deductible donations may be made to NTDS, Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief, at: togetherforall.org or mailed to P.O. Box 1458, Union City TN 38281.
“If you would like to help, please show your support today. Open your heart and give what you can afford to help those that need it most this holiday season,” Adcock said. Published in The Messenger 11.20.12

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