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HOW TO HELP: Wildfires Devastate Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Tennessee

2 Dec 2016, 4:48 pm

Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund

The Dollywood Foundation wants to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. To aid in their recovery effort, the Dollywood Foundation will provide $1,000 a month to all of those families who lost their homes in the fires for six months so that they can get back on their feet.

The first funds will be distributed Dec. 15-16 and Dec. 19-20 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the CARE MORE Assistance Center at the LeConte Events Center in Pigeon Forge. One check per household per month will be issued. All recipients must show a photo I.D. Families can receive aid for up to six months. For more information and a message from Dolly Parton, click HERE.

Anyone who needs help in the application process should call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

Donate to Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund


Red Cross

The American Red Cross is helping people in Tennessee where raging wildfires have forced them from their homes.

Strong winds are fanning the flames, which have affected as many as 100 homes so far, along with hotels, schools and other facilities in Sevier County. The wildfire is burning in the vicinity of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge where as many as 14,000 people were asked to evacuate. Red Cross workers opened three shelters where 1,200 people spent Monday night. The Red Cross is also providing meals and snacks and public health workers in the area are available for health services.

Donate to the Red Cross HERE

Sevier County Humane Society Fire Relief

Sevier County Humane Society Fire Relief

Currently, they are setup at the Sevier County Fairgrounds and that will be their temporary (long-term) shelter. They are running 24 hours a day while animals continue to be brought in and numerous animals have experienced smoke inhalation.

Donate to Sevier County Humane Society Fire Relief HERE 


Volunteer East Tennessee

Volunteer East Tennessee is connecting volunteers to volunteer needs in response to the Sevier County fires. Volunteer East Tennessee is working to identify specific needs as well as reaching out to community-based organizations in the affected area to determine where volunteer support is needed.

Volunteer With Volunteer East Tennessee HERE


One response to “HOW TO HELP: Wildfires Devastate Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge Tennessee

  1. I am so devastated for the people that live in this area and the poor animals that they have found please know you are in my prayers and in the people here in Ohio that love this beautiful place!

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