Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Community responds to tornado damage

Several trees punctured the roof of the Comer family home in Elora, Tennessee, following tornadoes which touched down April 27-28, 2011. Members of the Trevecca Community were on-hand to assist this family. (See additional photos below.)
On Saturday April 30, 2011, a team from Trevecca Nazarene University and Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene traveled to Elora, Tennessee, to help the Comer family, members of the Huntsville (Alabama) Church of the Nazarene, move into temporary housing after their home was damaged during last week’s tornadoes. Several trees fell on their house, resulting in significant water damage to the home. 

“The day was a success,” said Jamie Casler, Trevecca professor of social justice. “We were able to move all of their major items to their temporary home and removed the carpet to allow the home to begin drying. We also cleared fallen branches from Mrs. Comer’s mother’s yard,” Casler added. Pastor Hunter, a Trevecca graduate, assisted in the coordination of this relief effort. 

A second team of relief workers is currently being coordinated for the weekend of May 21 and 22.  Faculty, staff, and students who are interested in participating in a work day should contact Jamie Casler at

If someone would like to make a financial donation toward TNU’s Tornado Relief, they can make checks payable to Trevecca Nazarene University and put TNU Tornado Relief in the Memo line.  Checks can be sent to the following address.

The School of Religion
Center for Social Justice
333 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, TN 37210

Funds will be used to purchase items requested by the AL District office to be delivered by Trevecca and to assist with Trevecca work team costs.

Trevecca will also be collecting requested items this week to be sent to the Alabama District Church of the Nazarene after Trevecca’s spring semester ends on May 7. Persons interested in donating items to the Trevecca Tornado Relief Effort are asked to consult the list of requested items below from the Alabama South District Church of the Nazarene. All items may be delivered to the lobby of the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service (Bud Robinson Building), 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday. 

Immediate Needs
  •     First and most important…PRAYER
  •     Bottled water
  •     Hand Sanitizer
  •     Non perishable food or canned goods
  •     Building Items
  •     Gas cards/Walmart cards/cash or check donations
    • Earmark check “ALERT.” If giving gas cards, please designate if the gift is for team for travel or for victims. Checks can be made out to the "Alabama South District Church of the Nazarene." Also, you can donate at All funds will be used to respond.
  •     Non perishable food or canned goods.

Baby Products
  • Animal crackers
  • Gerber Graduates
  • Nutrigrain bars
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Baby food
  • Bottles
  • Sippy cups
  • Formula

Other Food/Packing Items
  • Pudding
  • Applesauce
  • Granola bars
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Sandwich-size bags
  • Quart-size bags
  • Gallon-size bags
  • Toiletries
  • Feminine products
  • Soap
  • Toothbrushes
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant
  • Wash cloths
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Sunscreen
All items may be delivered to the lobby of the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service (Bud Robinson Building), 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday. 

See photos below

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