Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tech Students Among Those Helping Flood Victims

Tennessee Tech University web design senior Mack Lunn of Mt. Juliet certainly isn’t the only student among the army of volunteers now helping flood victims haul molding dry wall out of flooded homes, but he is bringing something more to the effort: the ability to bring people together quickly and connect them to resources. Lunn is using his skills as a web designer to maintain a site called Nashville Ark for Cookeville-area residents interested in the latest flood news and volunteer information. In addition, he’s operating a Facebook page under the Nashville Ark name to provide a steady stream of information as he finds it in real time. The site has organized more than 30 volunteers so far to canvas Nashville neighborhoods, repair homes and generally help with the cleanup where ever needed. Another TTU student, freshman Katie Reasonover, launched her own Operation Teddy Bear to deliver stuffed animals to children in shelters. So far, she says she has delivered seven large trash bags filled with toys for children.