NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A country music fan from eastern Pennsylvania decided to reach out to Nashville and lend a helping hand after hearing about the flood in May.
Donna Marshall had already bought her tickets for June's CMA Music Festival when she saw the flooding in Nashville on the news.
She knew right away that she wanted to help out, but was unsure of exactly what she wanted to do.
After returning home from the festival, Marshall decided to start a clothing and shoe drive to help those who lost everything in the flood.
Using Facebook, email and traditional media, Marshall rallied her friends, neighbors and local community to donate everything that they could.
“We were taking donations at our local fire house. We had a big banner that said what we were doing. I had friends from my church that put ads in the newspaper and I put it out on Facebook and emailed everyone I knew,” Marshall said.
The town of New Hope, Pennsylvania came up with enough donations to fill a 48 foot tractor trailer with clothing and shoes, amounting to seven and a half tons.
Not only did Marshall pay for the trailer and tolls for the trip, but the driver donated his time to deliver the goods.
Marshall then came to Nashville herself to see her donations unloaded onto Goodwill's dock.
The truck arrived in Nashville Wednesday morning around 9 a.m.
“The truck was packed to the brim. We could not even open it as we usually do because as soon as we opened the doors, everything came tumbling out,” said Suzanne Kay-Pittman, Public Relations Manager for Goodwill.
The donations will be sold in local Goodwill stores with the proceeds going to the Goodwill Cares program, a program that offers job training and services to people who want to improve their skills in order to find employment.
If you would like to follow in Donna Marshall's footsteps and donate to Goodwill, visit GiveIt2Goodwill.org to find out how you can help.