Mayor John Cooper Announces Fund to Assist Individuals Affected by Christmas Day Explosion 

Dec 29, 2020 | News

Mayor John Cooper announced that United Way of Greater Nashville will activate its Restore the Dream Fund to accept charitable donations from the community to help individuals affected by the explosion that occurred in downtown Nashville on Christmas Day.

United Way was approached by Mayor Cooper’s office and asked to utilize its disaster relief fund to accept and administer donations to support the community through this crisis. The funds will be used to ensure individuals and families receive the assistance they need to meet their basic needs during this difficult time. This may include employees who are out of work due to the unforeseen closure of area restaurants and businesses and individuals whose homes were destroyed.

“This explosion is yet another devastating incident in an already incredibly tough year for our community,” said Brian Hassett, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Greater Nashville. “People have lost their homes, employees are out of work and we want to be there—to help support them however we can.”

United Way is accepting donations to its disaster relief fund via its website or text. All gifts—big or small—will make a real difference for those who were affected by this incident.

To contribute to the Restore the Dream Fund, visit unitedwaygreaternashville.org or text “RESTORE 20” to 41444.

Funds received will go to local nonprofits in the Financial Assistance Network. Those agencies will then work with affected individuals to assess need and provide direct assistance.

Individuals who have been affected by the explosion and need immediate assistance should call United Way’s 24-hour resource and referral line at 211 or visit 211.org for help.