The Smoky Mountains, Knoxville’s breathtaking backyard, has been taken by wildfire, leaving many people without homes, animals without their natural shelter, and businesses without a building. Our hearts go out to every person, place, and thing affected by this tragedy – and we know yours do, too. Here are some ways you can help…
American Red Cross
The America Red Cross has created ways for people to donate and help those affected in wildfires that have destroyed homes, hotels and forced thousands of evacuations in Gatlinburg this week. Ways to aid in disaster relief can be found by visiting redcross.org/donate.
You can instantly make a $10 donation by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999.
Barker Lounge in Sevierville is taking in pets of evacuees. People can donate animal crates to the shelter. The address is 1301 West Main Street in Sevierville. For more information, call (865) 774.3140.
Central Flats & Taps is accepting donations of water, Gatorade, protein bars, hygiene items, diapers, and non-perishables at 1204 N. Central Street in Knoxville.
Fox Feed Supply will serve as a drop-off location for Paws & Claws Animal Rescue TN. They are collecting bottled water and other drinks, as well as packaged snacks for firefighters. Items can be dropped off at their store, located at 250 W. Old AJ Hwy in Jefferson City. Call (423) 312-7400 for more info.
Hard Knox Pizzeria in Knoxville is accepting donations of water and other beverages, canned and packaged food to take to the Red Cross. Donation drop-off address is Western Plaza Shopping Center, 4437 Kingston Pike.
Hops and Hollers is accepting donations for those affected by the Sevier County wildfires. They are requesting bottled water, Gatorade, protein and breakfast bars, blankets, and personal care products. They are also donating $1 from every pint sold today to the American Red Cross of East Tennessee.
Ice Chalet is collecting items for emergency crews and evacuees. They ask for donations of water or Gatorade, blankets, and protein bars, in exchange for a free public session pass. The business plans to collect donations every day until the need is past. Address is 100 Lebanon Street in Knoxville.
Last Days of Autumn Brewing will collect clothing, toiletries, water, and juice for kids at Pi Beta Phi Elementary school on Wednesday, 11/30. They will accept donations between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Their address is 808 E. Magnolia Ave.
Sacred Heart Cathedral is collecting donations for firefighters, including bottled beverages, high calorie food, gloves, lip balm, and nice-quality wool socks. Location for drop-off is 711 Northshore Drive in Knoxville.
Sevier Co. Rescue Squad is collecting water and Gatorade for firefighters at their location across from Sevier Co. High School. Address is 1171 Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville.
TVA branches are accepting monetary donations, water, and high-energy. They are giving all donations to the Red Cross of East Tennessee.
Twisted Mike’s is accepting donations of non-perishable food items and toys for children impacted by the fire all week. They will take donations to Sevier County on Friday. Donation drop-off location is 7125 Kingston Pike in Knoxville.
West Emory Child Enrichment Center will be taking water, food, clothing, shoes, toiletries, and pet care donations throughout the rest of the week to donate to the victims of the Gatlinburg fires. Address for donation drop-off is 1035 Emory Church Road in Knoxville.
YMCA will be collecting bottled water, Gatorade/Powerade, and pre-packaged high-calorie snacks for the Gatlinburg Fire Department. For more information, call (865) 690.9622.
UPDATED DONATION CENTERS:
* New Hope Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, 865-310-8153 (Brother Ron Cashwell)
Cases of water, Gatorade, individual pre-wrapped snacks, hygiene items:
* Regal Cinemas, Turkey Creek (11240 Parkside Drive, Knoxville)
* SMARM in Sevierville (203 Court Avenue)
Pallets of water and Gatorade:
* Second Harvest 136 Harvest Lane, Maryville; and 1741 Triangle Park, Maryville
* New Hope Church of God, 2450 Winfield Dunn Parkway, Sevierville, 865-932-4673
Help us keep this list up-to-date – email us at info@knoxvilleweekend to share more ways to help during with the emergency fire relief.