Kids affected by wildfires get early Christmas

Published: Dec. 18, 2016 at 6:12 PM EST
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Christmas came early for the kids in Sevier County.

"We want to make sure every one has a good Christmas here in Sevier County this year," said David Fee, president and CEO of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment

The Smoky Mountain Opry along with various charities, churches and local businesses gave away free toys to Sevier County residents that have been affected by the wildfires.

"The day after the disaster started we realized this wasn't just a short term problem, this is a long time problem and we wanted to be a part of the Christmas solution," said Fee.

"There's just so many folks involved helping people that have lost so much.... it's heart warming to see this," said Sevier County Mayor, Larry Waters.

For Mayor Waters, making sure the kids in his community are given a memorable Christmas after so much was lost, is high priority.

"In this devastation that we've seen, to have something like this happen I think gives these kids and families hope that we're going to make it through and we're going to be fine. It's just going to take some time," said Waters.

The kids are finding that hope through the jolly man in the red suit.

"Christmas miracle, I can't explain it in words."