If you’re like me, you’ve been positively glued to your TV watching the coverage of the fires in and around Gatlinburg. There are few of us living in Knoxville who don’t have some very fond memories of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Not only is it a top tourist destination for millions of Americans, but Tennesseans, too. My husband spent his summers in Elkmont, Tennessee swimming at the “Y”, chasing turkeys and looking for moonshine. Gatlinburg and her sister communities hold a special place in the hearts of many Knoxvillians.
Following the devastation and heartbreak, many of us are asking what can we do to help? As your go-to-girl, I’ve compiled a list of items needed, but let me stress DO NOT try and travel to Gatlinburg. Frankly, you’d be more of a hindrance to support personnel than a help. There are folks authorized to make daily trips to carry supplies and necessities to those in need. One special need I was told about are coloring books (which can be bought for a $1 at the Dollar Store) and crayons to help keep the kids busy.
I’ve thoughtfully provided you with the following list of needs and where you can drop off your donations:
Faith Promise Church Pellissippi Campus will be taking donations 8am-5pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday , They are asking for
High Calorie Snacks, such as protein bars and trail mix
All Branches of Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union are accepting
Kroger Locations you can add any amount when you check out
Regal Cinemas’s Pinnacle at Turkey Creek will host a drop-off for Red Cross
The Ice Chalet 100 Lebanon Street (west Knoxville off Kingston pike)
If you donate here you get a free pass to skate during there public skating hours
Hard Knox Pizzeria in Knoxville
Yassins Falafel House Downtown
Are all accepting canned and package food
And the EXPO center will receive
They are sending items as soon as they fill up a truck they send it, you can also just drive up and they will help you get everything out of your car
We are known as the VOULNTEERS and I know in this time of need we will all come together make sure everyone is taken care of.