East Tennessee helps Harvey victims

Published: Sep. 1, 2017 at 10:33 PM EDT
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With many suffering in Texas after Hurricane Harvey swept through neighborhoods, ordinary people in the Volunteer State feel like it's their turn to step up.

"We're good people in Tennessee, and the country loved on us so much after the fires I feel like everyone here feels like we need to pay it forward," said local Heather Fonville.

She created a donation center at Burgerfi in Sevier County, collecting anything our neighbors in Texas may need. They will be there Saturday from 9-5.

"They need a lot of stuff in Texas, we need diapers, baby formula, first aid supplies, tarps," said Fonville.

Their relief will hit the road Sunday, along with others from East Tennessee whose family is recovering form Harvey.

"My mother's home was destroyed in the flood, she has no place left to go, there's just nothing left, and it's devastating because I'm not there to be able to help them right now," said local Tara Barnett

That will change Sunday because Barnett's family is collecting items as well and plans to help her family and anyone else they can reach.

The Barnett family will be at the Walmart in Sevierville from 4-6 on Saturday collecting items to being with them.