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Hospitality and Tourism Association statement on donations

(TN Hospitality and Tourism Association) The outpouring of support and kindness shown to those displaced by the wildfires in Pigeon Forge, as well as to our first responders, has been extraordinary. At this time, the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association says it has received numerous truckloads of much-appreciated food, water, toiletries and other items. Now that the majority of those displaced [in Pigeon Forge] have returned home or found temporary housing, the need for these items is no longer as great. To avoid collecting unused items, they ask that everyone please suspend their donations for Pigeon Forge. Please know that any surplus items will be distributed to local organizations to benefit those in need. Again, we are forever grateful to all of you for your kind generosity.

Officials say they “have also transported several loads of food/drinks to our friends in Gatlinburg… and they too have been blessed with an abundance of donations.” Gatlinburg’s mayor, who lost his home and business in the fires as well, said Tuesday evening that all help is still greatly appreciated.

Monetary contributions locally can be made to assist displaced families and those who have lost their homes at any Citizens National Bank branch to:

“City of Pigeon Forge Fire Relief Fund”

All monies collected via this fund will be donated to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevier County families in need.

Other opportunities to aid in disaster relief can be found by visiting www.redcross.org/donate. To donate by check or to this specific cause, complete this donation form by printing and mailing to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839. To volunteer with the American Red Cross, particularly after the evacuation and during the wildfire recovery, visit www.redcross.org/volunteers. To make a $10 donation by text, text the word REDCROSS to 90999.

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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