Note: This story was last updated at 3:45 p.m.
There are a number of places you can drop off supplies to donate to the firefighters battling destructive blazes in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Here are several, with two in Oak Ridge, one in Clinton, and one in Roane County:
- Oak Ridge High School is a donation drop-off point for Gatlinburg Fire Relief. They are asking for water, Gatorade, power bars, individual snacks, wet wipes, toothbrush and paste, and dog and cat food.
- The Clinton Police Department is opening a collection point for bottled water, sports drinks, Gatorade, and similar sealed drinks. Please bring the drinks to the Clinton Police Department lobby at 125 West Broad Street. They will transport the drinks to Sevier County to be given to those in need (displaced residents, visitors, and first responders). Please donate only sealed drinks. No other items will be accepted.
- Oak Ridge volunteer Tom Giles, father of Oak Ridge firefighter T.J. Giles, will be collecting donations today (Tuesday, November 29) at High Places Community Church in Grove Center beginning at 1 p.m. If you have donations, you can drop them off there. In addition to water and sports drinks, crews are requesting eye drops, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, and snacks.
- The Roane County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting items today at the Roane County High School parking lot from 1-4 p.m. It’s to support the effort to fight the wildfires in Sevier County, help neighbors who have been affected, and especially support firefighters who are actively involved in the effort. Roane County has firefighters from its cities who left yesterday afternoon and have worked through the night to save structures and evacuate residents.
The East Tennessee chapter of the American Red Cross is accepting donations to help those affected by the fires: https://www.facebook.com/redcrosseasttennessee/.
Authorities have emphasized that they do not want people delivering supplies to the area of the fires because, among other considerations, they are trying to keep traffic to a minimum to ensure the roads are clear for emergency vehicles.
See previous story on local fire departments helping with the Gatlinburg area fires here.
More information will be added as it becomes available.