How to help Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge fire evacuees

Michelle Hankes of the Red Cross provided an update on relief efforts at about 10 a.m. Nov. 29, 2016.

Please check back to this story often with updates on how you can help the East Tennessee wildfire evacuees and first responders.

Here is a list:

The American Red Cross is accepting donations for evacuees and first responders to the Sevier County fire.

The organization is accepting donations at the Pigeon Forge Fire Hall Station 1 at 3229 Rena Street in Pigeon Forge.

The Red Cross is not looking for untrained volunteers, but is accepting monetary donations. People can make a $10 donation by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999.

 

 

Disaster victims and their families can register on the American Red Cross website to find each otherFacebook has also activated its safety check feature for the fires.

Related: Resources available for Sevier County evacuees and first responders

There are a number of evacuation centers open for evacuees and pets.

Workers at the Knoxville Expo Center will accept donations for the impacted areas too. The Knoxville Expo Center will accept tooth brushes, tooth paste, water, baby wipes, dog food, kennels and more. The center is located at 5441 Clinton Highway in Knoxville. People can call (865)686-3200 or (865)919-8114 for more information.

Ryder Vehicle Sales is also accepting donations at its location at 7509 Strawberry Plains Pike in Knoxville.

Toys for Tots will have a sign up for victims and their families. The Toys for Tots phone number is (865)254-3911. Donation drop off is 2719 Northview Academy Lane in Kodak.


Photos: Wildfire spreads to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

RESTAURANTS STEPPING IN

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant & Grill at 240 Apple Valley Road in Sevierville, (865) 428-1222, is providing free hot meals to any rescue workers who are battling the fires here in Sevier County. All members of fire departments, police departments and other official rescue squads, should  make themselves known to the managers to get a meal.

In addition, Applewood Farmhouse will be accepting cash donations for our local American Red Cross and will have collection buckets on site in our stores for those wanting to contribute.

All Firehouse Subs locations in and around the Knoxville area including Pigeon Forge, Maryville, Lenoir City, Oak Ridge, Sevierville, are currently accepting donations of cases of bottled water, energy drinks, Gatorade and anything of the like.  

Also the restaurants are currently working with local officials in these affected areas to provide food for these firefighters that will be delivered where it's needed.  If there is a specific need in a certain area for food or drink, have a representative call  John Sloane at 865-250-2842 or Robbie Carroll at 865-388-6480.  Officials will help where they can.  

HELP FOR ANIMALS, TOO

Wildwood Farm has pasture, water, and hay available for any large animals (cattle, horses, llamas, etc) displaced by the fires. Our farm is located in the Porter/Wildwood community. We can also help with a stock trailer and horse trailer. Contact Julie Maner at (865)256-9589

 

If your organization wants to help with relief, please coordinate with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency at (615)741-0001.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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