These East Tennessee charities need your help during the COVID-19 outbreak

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Charities in East Tennessee find themselves in desperate need of donations as more and more people turn to them during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Here are some local charities that need your help:

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
This organization provides people in need with food and looks to end hunger in all parts of the community. Go here to donate.

Knox Area Rescue Ministries

KARM is a faith-based organization that serves many, including the homeless community. Go here to donate.

Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service (SCHAS)

The SCHAS is helping seniors in East Tennessee by picking up and delivering their groceries as health officials warn against older adults leaving their homes. Go here to donate.

YMCA of Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley

YMCA is still providing much-needed services during the outbreak. Go here to donate.

MEDIC Regional Blood Center

The nation is in need of blood donations now more than ever. Officials say more than 4,000 blood drives have been canceled across the country. Go here to find out where you can donate blood.

Zoo Knoxville

Knoxville's zoo has temporarily closed down, but the animals are still being cared for, and the zoo needs help to continue. Go here to help out the animals in need.

Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley

The Boys and Girls club continues to serve its community and its children. Go here to donate.

United Way of Greater Knoxville

United Way has launched its own fund to help out local nonprofits during the COVID-19 outbreak. Go here to donate.

PJ Parkinson’s Support

PJ Parkinson’s Support is a nonprofit that helps families impacted by Parkinson's locally in East Tennessee. The group's biggest fundraiser, Light the Night, was supposed to take place in April but has been postponed. Go here to help them.


The Shangri-la Therapeutic Academy of Riding provides personal therapy with horse-related activities for people with disabilities or special challenges. You can donate to their efforts here.

Adopt a Golden

Adopt a Golden is a nonprofit in Knoxville that connects Golden Retrievers with new owners. Go here to donate.

The Camp Koinonia Foundation of Tennessee

The Camp Koinonia Foundation of Tennessee "serves individuals with disabilities in multiple functional domains with unique, needs-based programs that enrich their lives and provide the opportunity to achieve lifelong learning." Go here to donate.

Helen Ross McNabb Center

The Helen Ross McNabb Center provides access to care for East Tennesseans facing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. They remain open. Go here to donate to them.

Area animal shelters

Anderson County

Blount County

Campbell County

Cocke County

Claiborne County

Cumberland County

Grainger County

Hamblen County

Jefferson County

Knox County Young-Williams Animal Center and the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley

Loudon County

Monroe County

Roane County

Sevier County

The Tennessee chapter of the Alzheimer's Association announced that they, along with several other charitable organizations, were petitioning Congress for help:

- Ensure all nonprofits qualify for new, emergency small business loans: remove the 500 employee caps on nonprofits.

- Expressly provide charitable nonprofits with $60B in any emergency funding proposals.

- Create a robust universal charitable deduction and allow post March 1, 2020 donations to be claimed on 2019 and future tax returns.

You can help that effort by going here.

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