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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
One week after heavy rain sparked flooding throughout Nashville, signs of relief offered well-needed encouragement Thursday.
Parkwood Villas Apartments along Brick Church Pike sustained some of the worst damage, displacing more than 300 people in 84 families.
"Our best estimate is about 90 days to have them all back up and running," said Parkwood Villa's owner Robert King.
The Nashville Electric Service restored electricity and soon about two dozen families will return to the complex.
For all the victims, the relief effort continues.
Goodwill and the American Red Cross teamed up in a unique way. Both will collect donations at a trailer at the entrance to Parkwood Villas.
Goodwill will then turn the value into gift cards, which the Red Cross will issue to clients who need to replace everything.
"These folks have really lost a lot," said Goodwill spokesperson Jamie Berry. "And they're going to be able to get these Goodwill Cares cards, go into our stores and purchase the things they really need right now."
"It really makes a little more sense to do it this way," said Red Cross spokesperson Beth Ferguson. "People can take those Goodwill Cares cards, go to their nearest Goodwill locations and actually pick out the exact things that they want, that are the best for their family, as they're recovering."
A pick-up full of furniture was Ronnie Gaither's way of helping one week after terrible flooding.
"Makes me feel better to have done it," said Gaither. "I didn't realize that the conditions were so bad."
It could take several months for workers to fix the dozens of units damaged by the flood.
"You know a lot of people are still hurting," said King.
The complex moved many of them to other units or complexes, and refunded many rent and security deposit checks this week. For King, the lost revenue was worth doing the right thing.
"I'm an apartment owner, but I'm a human being first," said King. "But being here, and seeing the suffering and the hurting that these people were going through. I've woken up every morning, and I can't imagine being anywhere else other than here trying to get all of this fixed, and help everyone get their lives back together."
Goodwill and the Red Cross will be collecting donations from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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