Gatlinburg firestorm: how you can help
Many East Tennessee organizations and businesses are helping evacuees after a wildfire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
If you're unable to drive supplies to Knoxville, the best thing you can do is make a donation to the East Tennessee chapter of the American Red Cross:
Yassin’s Falafel House is holding an emergency supply drive Tuesday. Supporters can drop off cases of water or Gatorade in the public parking area near 706 Walnut Street in downtown Knoxville. The restaurant will have a U-Haul truck there from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, or when the truck is full. The items will be taken to Gatlinburg later in the day.
Barker Lounge in Sevierville is taking in pets of evacuees. People are able to donate animal crates to the shelter.
Sacred Heart School will be helping firefighters and other first responders on the scene. The church is accepting bottled beverages (water, Powerade, Gatorade, etc.), high calorie food in minimal packaging (ClifBars, Larabars, etc.), gloves, lip balm, wool socks. Drop off will be in front of the parish offices near the right of the school. A white box truck will be in the front.
There will be a donation drive at the Knoxville Expo Center Tuesday.
The Ice Chalet will be accepting water, blankets, Gatorade and protein bars. Supporters can receive a free public session pass, if they bring a case of water or Gatorade.
YMCA will be accepting donations at all of its locations in East Tennessee.
Remote Area Medical is accepting donations at its headquarters at 2200 Stock Creek Boulevard in Rockford. People can bring Gatorade or water which will be taken to shelters. To donate call, 865-579-1530 for more information.
Lafollette Church of God will be accepting donations: bottled water, Gatorade, lip balm and granola bars.
Christ The Rock Church of God will be collecting cases of water from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 4306 Washington Pike in Knoxville.
People can drop off donations at Blount Partnership, 201 S. Washington Street in Maryville and Townsend Visitors Center at 7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. Donations can be water, food for animals and more.
Sevier County libraries are accepting toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, body wash and loofa sponges, deodorant, tissue, mints, gum, snacks, water, Gatorade, coloring books, crayons, playing cards and pet food.
All TVA Credit Union locations will be taking monetary donations, water and small high-energy snack food.
Nsane Hot Rodz is collection donations, including toiletries, sport drinks, and cereal/protein bars.