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Tuesday night’s tornadoes torn through the mid-state, leaving at least 31 dead and a swath of destruction 400 miles wide.

The Heart of Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross, which covers Rutherford, Bedford and Cannon counties, is asking the community for support in helping with the relief efforts.

Financial donations can be sent to Tennessee Tornado Relief at the Nashville Chapter of the American Red Cross, 2201 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, Tenn. 37203.

“It gets money back in the local economy, and lets people get back on the road to recovery,” said Beth Ferguson, a Heart of Tennessee Red Cross employee, who has spent the last few days assisting the Nashville Chapter with relief in northern Middle Tennessee.

“They’ve got three shelters open at this time,” Ferguson explained. “Lafayette had 35 people stay over night (last night). … Yesterday we served over 3,000 meals and snacks to clients, emergency workers and volunteers.”

Lafayette, northern Middle Tennessee town in Macon County, was perhaps the hardest hit with 13 dead and power out in the entire county.

“I met a lot of people at the shelter last night,” Ferguson said. “One women lost her house in the 2006 tornados as well.”

The Nashville Chapter has also asked all volunteers to log into the D-S-H-R system to update their availability if they need to be deployed.

To contact the Heart of Tennessee Chapter, call 893-4272 or visit www.midtnredcross.org. To contact the Nashville Chapter, call 250-4300 or visit www.nashvilleredcross.org.

Michelle Willard can be contacted at 869-0816 or mwillard@murfreesboropost.com.

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