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How you can help those affected by Sevier County wildfires

Multiple agencies responded to a wildfire in Sevier County Wednesday.
Tennessee National Guard members were sent to help with the Sevier County fire
Published: Mar. 30, 2022 at 7:44 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 2, 2022 at 11:00 AM EDT
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SEVIER CO., Tenn. (WVLT) - Since Wednesday, first responders and crews across the state have been battling raging wildfires in Sevier County. Once the news broke, many East Tennesseeans sprang into action and were quick to want to help.

How to help:

Mountain Tough Program

As a result, Sevier County officials officially restarted the Mountain Tough program. It was created for those that wish to help the citizens, businesses and visitors. The Sevier County Fairgrounds opened to receive donations for those affected beginning April 1.

A schedule can be found below.

Officials from multiple agencies also asked the public for donations as their crews battled the Hatcher Mountain Fire and the Millstone Gap Fire.

The Sevier County Volunteer Fire Department asked people to donate water, food, other sports beverages, and eye drops.

“We have crews in the valley fighting these fires with the fire departments, and we sure would appreciate you,” officials said.

Donations can be dropped off at Station 1, located at 1171 Dolly Parton Parkway.

Waldens Creek Volunteer Fire Department officials asked for Gatorade or Powerade, power bars or snacks, fruits, eye drops, socks, wipes, hand sanitizers, and Kleenex.

Donations can be dropped off at their station on Goose Gap Road.

“The moment your heart skips a few beats when you know someone you love is fighting this exact fire,” officials with the WCVFD said. “Please keep all our firefighters in your thoughts.”

For those wanting to help those displaced or affected by the wildfires but aren’t in the area, here are options for monetary donations:

  • In-person – Visit any Citizens National Bank (CNB) location
  • By mail – Checks payable to Mountain Tough Recovery Team can be mailed to CNB – Mountain Tough Recovery Team200 Forks of the River Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862
  • By phone – call (865) 453-9031 to transfer funds directly from your account.

United Way

United Way will be assisting people at the fairgrounds, as well. Organization officials will be giving out gift cards to grocery stores, home supplies stores, etc. They also have volunteers assisting anyone in need.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is stationed at three locations, giving out “disaster emergency supply kits.” Inside there are work gloves, tarps, shampoo, shovels, clothing, etc.

On Monday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Red Cross will set up drive-thru distribution areas for disaster emergency supplies for those affected by the fires while supplies last.

Locations:

  • Laurel Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 2404 Walden Creek Rd, Sevierville, Tenn.
  • Dollar General, 3049 Wears Valley Rd, Sevierville, Tenn.
  • Pigeon Forge Community Center, 170 Community Center Dr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Follow here for live updates on what officials call the Hatcher Mountain Road/Indigo Lane Fire.

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