They don’t call Tennessee the Volunteer state for nothing!

Tennessee earned the nickname after the state’s overwhelming involvement in the War of 1812. A little over 15 years after gaining statehood, patriotic Tennesseans were eager to participate in the war effort. With General Andrew Jackson, a fellow Tennessean, leading the charge, over 1,500 soldiers stepped up to the plate. This was especially true in the Battle of New Orleans, the final major battle of the war, where American troops defeated the British with overwhelming help from those helpful Tennesseans.

Now, just a few days after a dangerous tornado routed Chattanooga, many Tennessee VOLUNTEERS are helping bring restoration to this community.

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MNA Disaster Response transported the first load of Sheds of Hope to Covenant PCA in Chattanooga this afternoon. Another load will arrive tomorrow morning.

Tennessee Valley Presbytery VOLUNTEERS, joined Covenant PCA VOLUNTEERS to unload the Sheds in the parking lot of Covenant PCA, which is becoming the staging area for the Sheds of Hope project.  A smaller trailer will be used to transport the Sheds to the homeowner properties. Pray for good weather tomorrow as the first Sheds will be constructed on displaced homeowners property.

After the War of 1812, the Tennessee VOLUNTEERS didn’t stop volunteering. The nickname became even more applicable after the Mexican-American War in 1846 when, after the Secretary of War asked the state for 2,800 soldiers, Tennessee sent over 30,000. Today, MNA asked for a team of 6 VOLUNTEERS to help unload, but many more showed up to help. The VOLUNTEER spirit is alive and well in Tennessee yet today.

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Each Shed of Hope weighs about 1,200 lbs. And as the saying goes, “many hands make light work”. A large group of VOLUNTEERS assembled to get the components offloaded.

MNA will send at least one more load of Sheds of Hope tomorrow from the Rome Georgia Warehouse and Training Center. To know more about the campus, please navigate to http://mnawarehouse.com. The warehouse has regular Saturday work days; volunteers join together to prepare relief kits, preform campus maintenance, undertake campus improvement projects, and eat pizza. Why not VOLUNTEER soon?

MNA Charles H. Jones Family Disaster Response Center, Rome Georgia

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