Disaster Relief – How to Help
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Please note this urgent need update from December 14:
Pastor Susana Lopez at Sevierville First UMC shared that they are in need of the following items:
Cooking pots and pans (slightly used is fine)
Silverware (slightly used is fine)
Bras – size 34B and 38B
You may bring these items to the Holston Conference office in Alcoa or take them directly to First Sevierville. Also, you can leave them in the Assembly Room for transport.
Please note this update from December 13:
As of this morning, the Sevier County facilities have run out of room to store in-kind donations, and they are asking people to hold on to their items for future delivery. Here’s a copy of the message that is posted on the www.mountaintough.org website:
Due to the overwhelming generosity of the people of Sevier County, surrounding communities and surrounding States, we are currently not accepting in-kind donations at this time. We have exceeded our capacity to safely store these items. However, we will need items in the future. We are respectfully asking for you to hold the items you have so generously collected and call 865-383-3473 to tell us what items you have and how you can schedule a delivery in the future. We are, however, encouraging monetary donations. This will provide you information on agencies that are supporting our relief efforts.
However, you may still bring your in-kind donations to the Holston Conference Office in Alcoa, and we will transport items to our storage facility at The Connexion.
How to Help With a Financial Gift:
Make Checks Payable to The Holston Conference Or to Tuckaleechee United Methodist Church
For Wildfires: Write “Wildfires” and/or #864 in the memo line
Donate Online at: https://holston.org/store/sell/project-864-holston-wildfires-recovery/
For Tornadoes: Write “Tornado” and/or #865 in the memo line
Donate Online at: https://holston.org/store/sell/holston-tornado-recovery/
How to Help With Material Needs:
Please Note: if you take donations to Sevier County, the Boyd’s Bear location in Pigeon Forge is no longer accepting donations. Instead, all donations should be taken to the Smoky Mountain Jubilee Donation Center, located across from the Titanic attraction on the Parkway. The Smoky Mountain Jubilee Center is located at: 2115 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. They are open Monday through Saturday from 8 – 5.
The Sevier County Rescue Squad is another location where you can drop supplies. They are at 1171 Dolly Parton Parkway in Pigeon Forge. They are open 24 hours every day.
In addition, you can drop a small load of supplies in the assembly room any day of the week. Susan and Richard are usually in the office most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We can get them to the donation center. Or, you can schedule a delivery and Pastor Richard can run them to Maryille during the week.
Large donations are considered any donations larger than single or even multiple pick up trucks.
These donations will have to be delivered to one of our warehouses for staging.
*You must schedule a large delivery by calling (865) 360-4268 or (865) 924-1786.
Drop Off all Items in the assembly room at the church. (See note below)
Volunteers are needed to assist shoppers, sort and restock supplies, and unload and document deliveries. Those interested should call 865-804-1661 for more information.
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster established a call center to provide information for those who would like to donate goods or volunteer to help survivors. For additional information, please call 866-586-4483.
Current List of Donation Needs as of December 10, 2016:
· Winter coats – children sizes
· New children’s clothes
· New children’s gloves and hats
· Winter coats of all sizes
· Warm gloves for all ages
· New children’s tennis shoes
· Non-perishable food items
· Laundry detergent
· Personal hygiene items
· School supplies
· Men’s boots
· Shovels and rakes
· Water hoses
· Work gloves
· Mops and brooms
· Can openers
You can also follow this site, which gives up-to-date information on donation needs: www.mountaintough.org
How to Help With a Donation of Time and Labor:
We also have this note from Carl and Becky Goodman:
Long story short …Becky does some consignment business in Gatlinburg where she has learned of an employee, single mom with 3 teenage boys, a toddler and a dog who has lost everything! We are going to be providing sheets, blankets, pillows, etc. We would like to gather anything they need and meet in Pigeon Forge on Wednesday. They need clothes (Becky has sizes), kitchen equipment, furniture, food, etc.; anything necessary for a family. Please call Becky to coordinate; home: 448-8030; work: 448-6868; cell: 865-746-1009 (last choice). Thanks.
Here is a resource for helping to provide spiritual care during disaster: spiritual-care-in-disaster
Here is the Conference News Resource for Those Wanting to Know the Latest: TheCall.Holston.org