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Posted on: January 13, 2022

Springfield Community Donates $18,000 for Dresden, TN Tornado Relief Fund

18000 check to Dresden TN

Springfield Community Donates $18,000 for Dresden, TN Tornado Relief Fund

The City of Springfield presented a check for $18,064 to the Dresden, TN Rotary Club on Tuesday, January 11 in response to the December 2021 tornadoes. City Manager Ryan Martin and Springfield Parks & Recreation Director Terry Martin presented the check. 

After hearing about the tornado and storm damages in Kentucky, Springfield Parks & Recreation Director Terry Martin wondered if the storms had affected anyone in Tennessee. He soon learned Dresden, TN, with a population of 3,500, lost 140 homes, their fire department, and other Main Street structures during the tornado.

The Springfield Parks & Recreation Department wanted to do something to help Dresden and decided to collect donations for Dresden’s tornado relief fund during the city’s free drive-through light display, Winter Wonderland. Donations were collected nightly from December 16 through December 23.

“We came up with agoal to collect $8,000, but the community showed up and showed out by giving well over the goal,” said Terry Martin, Springfield Parks and Recreation Director. “We are proud to be able to make such a generous donation on everyone’s behalf.”

The check to the Dresden, TN Rotary Club goes directly to the club’s tornado relief fund to provide victims with blankets, pillows, new clothing, socks, pajamas, and to aid those who had little to no homeowner’s or renters’ insurance.

“We told the folks in Dresden when delivering the check that one thing is for sure – your neighbors care about you,” said City Manager Ryan Martin. “This was evident by the overwhelming response to the donation collections. The people in Dresden were very appreciative of the generosity of our community.”

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