Red Cross creates shelter in Darden to help West Tennessee Tornado victims


A shelter has been created in Darden Tennessee to help fill the needs of people who were affected by the tornados.

Keith Cotton the executive director of Beech River regional airport said, "It took us about seven hours to get everything moved and rearranged and cleaned up and ready to go.”

Cotton said the Red Cross reached out to him about creating shelter for people displaced by the tornado damage, “We were asked if we had a place to shelter, we made room here in one of our hangers. We’ve been trying to support them in everything we can do.”

Red Cross volunteer Lenora McMeekin was placed in charge of the shelter at the Beech River regional airport, "There is no reason to be out there suffering… I am open twenty-four hours a day if that door is locked you can knock on it.”

McMeekin was running the shelter in Kenton just six hrs after the tornado hit. Then the shelter in Darden opened on Tuesday after they realized that people in the area were in need. McMeekin was moved to run the new shelter.

She said that the children at the Darden shelter have nicknamed her 'miss mom' , “A lot of the kids kind of look up to me…I’m here to listen, I’m here to give hugs and help in any way I possibly can.”

The shelter provides a place to stay, warm meals and other supplies to anyone that is in need. Cotton said it has been amazing to see how much support the shelter has received, “Community has really helped us, we reached out for donations, stuff we need and they’ve brought us towels, washrags, everything that we need.

You can drop off donations at the airport if you want to help support the shelter.

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