Sometimes, events miles away have a huge impact on our local area and community members. This was the case last week when devastating tornados hit Nashville, Wilson County, and Putnam County. Spurred in to action by the reports of many families in those areas who lost loved ones and homes, along with electricity and other necessary services, the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office coordinated volunteer efforts to collect and deliver needed supplies to Putnam County.
“It is amazing to see how our county and each community came together to help those who lost everything is the storms,” stated Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum who made frequent updates on social media letting Grundy Countyians know where drop off points were and keeping everyone informed of delivery efforts.
“The donation drive was coordinated over a period of just a couple of hours,” explained Sheriff Shrum. “It started with a phone call to Grundy County High School Principal Charlie Westmoreland asking if we could use their parking lot as a drop point. From there, it took off. I witnessed the impact our efforts made first hand. When people spend money out of their own pocket or home to help someone and expect nothing in return you know it’s from the heart.
“I feel like ‘thank you’ isn’t enough, but quite honestly, I really can’t find the words to express our gratitude.”
Sheriff Shrum and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office wanted to especially thank the following:
Grundy County High School, Coalmont Elementary School, North Elementary School, Palmer Elementary School, Pelham Elementary School, Swiss Memorial Elementary School, Tracy City Elementary School, the Tracy City Police Department, Central Dispatch – 911, OLG Engineering, Monteagle Police Department, and the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Explorer Post.