“Nashville is Rising” up to Pay it Forward to flood victims

Pay it Forward is a term that basically means to do for others, unselfishly, expecting nothing in return. And hopefully, who ever receives the “goodness” from others, will someday be able to pay it forward to someone else. And someday they too will do the same, and so on, and so on. It’s a wonderful attitude that benefits everyone.

Nashville, TN has been hit with the worst disaster that meteorologists are calling the 500-year flood, which caught thousands by surprise. As many as 90 percent of the homes hit by the waters did not have flood insurance, which makes financial healing just as important as physical cleanup. What are the communities doing to help each other? They are doing whatever they can in paying it forward!

Here are some super folks that have stepped up to the plate and to bat for others.

Super people…

Just ordinary folks like you and me giving their yard away… literally. You can find the goodness in people all around the Nashville area giving their stuff away right out on their yard… (which George Carlin said we’ve got too much “stuff” anyway). Except these aren’t “Yard Sales”, they are more like “Take my stuff for FREE sales”. It’s an attitude of gratitude that makes it all happen. This attitude is contagious!

Super stars…

Celebrities are some of the biggest philanthropists in the world. June 22nd some top names in the country music industry are getting together to raise money for the place they love and the people that call it home. Husband-and-wife hosts Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are paying it forward with “Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Recovery”. This mega country concert to help others will be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The lineup so far includes Tim and Faith, along with Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and others.

“The damage that we’ve seen to people’s homes and the effect that the flooding has had on their lives is unimaginable. But we’ve seen the spirit of our community firsthand, as volunteers, church groups and our local business leaders rally to help,” McGraw and Hill said in a statement.

“Nashville Rising” will benefit the Community Foundation, which provides philanthropic services in Middle Tennessee. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 14. More information is available at NashvilleRising.org.

Proceeds from the event are to go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a nonprofit group that provides philanthropic services.

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