A local community came together Monday to help a family who lost their home in a devastating fire over the weekend.
The La Vergne High School Band collected donations for the Johnson family, whose daughter is a student at the school and plays saxophone in the band.
The Johnsons' home on Nicole Lane in the Lake Forest Estates subdivision was destroyed Saturday night.
The Red Cross is helping them temporarily by setting them up in a nearby hotel, so the donation drive focused on their immediate needs such as clothing, food and money for gas.
Sponsoring the donation drive was La Vergne High School's band, which has incorporated a non-profit organization into the group called Band Boosters.
Band Boosters is a complete non-profit with a charter, bylaws, and board of directors. It was created to fulfill the bands' needs that are not already met by the Rutherford County School System.
Anyone who wishes to help the Johnson family can contact the president of Band Boosters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The specific items they need include:
Mens: large shirts, 36″ pants, 10 ½ shoes
Womens: size 22 to 24 shirts/tops, 3x and 18 to 20 size pants, 7 ½ to 9 or 9 ½ shoes
Ladies: medium or large shirts, 14 to 16 size pants, 7 ½ to 8 shoes
Gift cards: prepaid Visa or Mastercard, food cards, gas cards, cash
Rental property: general assistance in the area
In response to the outpour of community support, the Johnson family released a statement to say thank you.
“It's unbelievable the amount of support and love we have been shown from our community, family, friends and the LHS Band. We never would have imagined so many people would step forward to help us out. We greatly appreciate all of the support!” they wrote the Booster program.
To read more about the La Vergne High School Band Boosters, visit their Web site.
- August 31, 2013: La Vergne home engulfed in flames