How you can help Tennessee wildfire victims
Recovery is beginning in eastern Tennessee where wildfires have destroyed homes and businesses. You can help by either making a monetary or item donation. We have a list below on how you can help.
Volunteer East Tennessee is working to identify specific needs and reaching out to community-based organizations to determine where volunteer support is needed. If you are interested in volunteering, click here.
The American Red Cross says the best way you can help is to make a monetary donation. Organizers says monetary donations enable the American Red Cross to purchase exactly what is needed for a disaster operation.
There are three easy ways to make a monetary donation to the American Red Cross. You can make a donation online by clicking here. Selecting "Disaster Relief" will help make sure the money goes towards the Gatlinburg area.
Donations can also be made by phone by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
You can also donate to the Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless, which is providing aid to those who’ve lost their homes. You can donated by calling 865-859-0749 or visit the TVCH website.
The Dollywood Foundation will donate $1,000 a month to "all of those families who lost their homes in the fires" for six months. You can donate to the fund by clicking here.
That fund is called the My People Fund.
Texas Roadhouse has announced it will hold fundraisers for the fund on Monday, Dec. 12, in its Paducah, Kentucky, and Cape Girardeau, Missouri, locations from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant chain says 10 percent of all food sales on that day at participating locations will go to the My People Fund. Those locations are at 2900 James Sanders Blvd. in Paducah and 13 Doctor’s Park in Cape Girardeau. The two locations are joining 68 others in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia having the fundraiser that same day.
Troutt Old Time General Store and Market in Paducah is asking for cash donations or gift cards to national stores such as Walmart, Kroger, Dollar General, etc. Donations will be accepted through Friday, December 9th. The collected money will go to the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home near Gatlinburg. The general store is located at 433 North 4th Street.
Lyon County Judge Wade White says his office at the Lyon County Courthouse will be taking donations from Monday, December 5 – Friday, December 9. White says they want to deliver Christmas gifts for three families. If you buy a Christmas gift, mark who it is for and do not wrap it.
C. Family (house destroyed in fire):
Kyle- 17 yrs
Kassidy- 11 yrs
F. Family (house destroyed in fire):
Emily- 14 yrs
J. Family (jobs lost due to fire):
Nonnie (girl)- 10 yrs
Cooper (boy)- 6 yrs
Other items needed are towels, blankets, new crock pots, new small microwaves, any baby items, diapers, pull ups, infant/children’s medicines, and Benadryl.
Monetary donations will also be taken. You are asked to not donate clothes.
The Lyon County Courthouse is located at 500 W Dale Avenue in Eddyville.
Dresden Middle School will also be taking donations for the victims of the wildfires. Items will be taken to East Tennessee next Tuesday. The school is located at 759 Linden St A in Dresden, Tennessee.
El Gallito Mexican Restaurant at 314 Main Street in Hazel, KY will be taking donations between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. every day.
Angela Pina and her mother will be gathering items to take to Gatlinburg. People can drop off donations at Trader’s Mall at 6900 Benton Road in Paducah or at her mother’s house at 534 Oaklawn Drive in Paducah.
P&R Tire at 101 West State Line in in South Fulton, Tennessee says it is a drop off location for donations for wildfire victims. Darrell Pruitt says the store is accepting any and all items you want to donate. You can call 731-479-9588 if you have any questions.
To see a list being constantly updated by local media of what is damaged, destroyed and intact, click here.