LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Friday, the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced that it has established the Gatlinburg Relief Fund to help families impacted by the wildfires in Tennessee. The relief fund is managed by SmartBank, and can be accessed online here or at www.smartbank.com.
In the wake of wildfires that forced the evacuation of people in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and surrounding areas, several Kentucky groups have also begun gathering food and supplies to send to the affected areas.The following local and regional drives are accepting donations of supplies.
- First Responders Missional Community is gathering supplies to be driven to the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area and used to help first responders and their families. They are requesting gift cards, rakes, shovels, tree cutting equipment, work gloves, safety glasses, eye drops, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, air filter masks, first aid items, heavy-duty trash bags, and non-perishable food items. Donations can be made at any Lexington Police facility. Items will be collected December 15th, and the group will travel to Gatlinburg on the 16th.
- Bak 4 More Studio is asking for donations of bottled water, toiletries, non-perishable food items, diapers, wipes, plastic ware, paper products, blankets and coats. Donors can drop off supplies at 3090 Helmsdale Place, Ste. 210.
- Earth Dog Spa & Apawthecary is taking donations to help animals displaced from the Sevier County Humane Society, during the fires. They are asking for the following: Purina Dog Chow and Cat Chow, collars and leashes, large Kuranda dog beds, cat and dog beds, food and water bowls, blankets and towels, paper towels, wire crate/kennels and plastic travel crates, Advantage dog and cat flea treatment, liquid laundry detergent, Dawn dish soap, hand sanitizer, bottled water, and soda for volunteers. Donations can be dropped off at Earth Dog Spa & Apawthecary (743 Allendale Drive,) or at the Petsmart in Hamburg. No monetary donations will be accepted, but donations can be made to the Sevier County Humane Society website.
- Pet Wants Lex at 321 S. Ashland Avenue, is collecting the same supplies at Earth Dog Spa for the Humane Socieyt. It is also offering 15% off any new item if an older one is donated.
- No Kill Central KY and Two Men and a Truck are collecting supplies to help the families, animals, emergency workers, and caregivers who are facing the challenges of this devastating fire. Purina dog and cat chow, collars and leashes, cat and dog beds, food and water bowls, blankets and towels, paper towels, wire crates/kennels and plastic travel crates and Advantage flea treatment can be dropped off at the Two Men and a Truck business location on 789 Westland Drive during business hours up until Saturday morning at ten. Pick ups can be scheduled by calling or texting Mark D Hurte at 859-979-2460.
- Lexington Podiatry is collecting socks and emergency items through Friday at noon to be deliver over the weekend.
- Ken Baker’s Auto Repair will be accepting donations of hygiene items, pet supplies, first aid supplies, coats, and blankets at their location on 5000 Park Central Venue for the remainder of the week. The owners are also urging the public to donate to the Red Cross, and that an option at the bottom of their web page allows donors to choose where the donation will be sent.
- A Diamond In The Ruff Pet Salon needs dog and cat food, blankets and pet beds, metal food bowls, laundry detergent, crates/kennels, collars and leashes, toys and potty pads to take to Gatlinburg on Friday morning. Bring supplies to 406 W Lexington Ave.
- Beacon of Hope is planning a trip to Tennessee on December 4 and is collecting bottled water, non-perishable food items, hygiene items and monetary donations. Everything can be dropped of at the shelter at 850 Bypass Road.
- The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center is gathering the following supplies to be delivered to the people of Sevier County. They are looking for bottled water, PowerAde/Gatorade, toiletries (shampoo, body wash, lotion,) diapers/wipes, baby formula, non-perishable foods, and protein bars. The Center is also accepting checks made out to the Sevier County Fire Department or the Sevier County Humane Society and say they will be personally delivered. Drop off donations at the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center between now and 11:00 a.m. on Friday. The donations will be taken to Gatlinburg, departing Friday at noon. The LJAC is open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. everyday.
- The Georgetown Fire Department Station 3 at 101 Airport Road will be a drop off point for relief items that will be delivered to those effected by the devastating wildfires in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area. They are collecting water, non perishable food items, toiletries, first aid items, hygiene products, diapers, formula, new clothing and blankets, etc.
- New Heart Baptist Church is accepting donations of non-perishable food and supplies. They are not asking for clothing donations at this time. Any items can be donated at Sonshine Daycare, located at 67 Parkers Mill Road in Somerset from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Donations will be taken until December 9, and then the supplies will be taken to Tennessee on the 10th.
- Lily Auto Sales is gathering Gatorade, toiletries, snacks, and food to be taken to Tennessee. Lily Auto Sales is located at 736 Lily School Road, and will accept donations from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No word on how long they will be accepting donations. For additional information, call (606) 528-5805.
- East Bernstadt Fire & Rescue has plenty of water but needs eye wash or drops, gauze, bandaids, toiletries, paper products, snacks and totes to carry loose medical supplies. Crews plan to leave Friday morning. For more information, call the station at 606-864-6511 or contact Firefighter Cody Evans at 606-309-9593 or Firefighter Recruit Chad Frye at 606-231-9382.
This list will be updated as additional donation drives rev up. Check back for more information.