Supporting the Smokies – TN Fire Relief December 2nd
710 (and local shoppers) donated a check for $650 to the Gatlinburg Tennessee local Red Cross Relief Fund based on 10% of sales from all our outlets on December 2nd and 3rd including the Salukis double header on Saturyday. This money will go specifically to buying supplies for the displaced residents in the area as they search for options and support. In addition we will be shipping blankets to the area to provide for displaced families.
Supporting the homeless – Carbondale Good Samaritan Christmas Blankets
For the entire month of December, buy any SIU blanket at any 710 location and we will donate a blanket to the Carbondale Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter. Last year we donated 17 blankets thanks to local shoppers.
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Tennessee Relief Continued….
Many people and families are living without a home in Eastern Tennessee after wildfires in the Smoky Mountains burned homes and businesses to the ground. The response from people across the country has been great but there is still a large number living in shelters that need help. Volunteers and monetary donations are being encouraged. 710 Bookstore is donating funds to the relief efforts in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding Smokey Mountains communities. On Friday Dec 2nd and Saturday Dec 3rd we will be giving 10% of all sales to the Red Cross relief fund in Gatlinburg.
Give relief and Saluki spirit this season.
This information is shared from the Red Cross and the Tennessean, a local newspaper
The American Red Cross among others have created ways for people to donate and help those affected in wildfires that have destroyed homes, hotels and forced thousands of evacuations in Gatlinburg and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park this week.
The American Red Cross has asked for “a pause” in donations of in-kind items like food and clothing being collected for and delivered to those impacted by the fires in East Tennessee. Collection drives have been held across the region, and the area has been inundated with supplies. Although people have been asked to stop delivering in-kind items, monetary donations will still be helpful.
Right now, said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the most valuable asset is money because it can be used to put people up at hotels, replace clothing, and “just address so many more needs than a specific gift of water bottles or the like.”
Ways to aid in disaster relief can be found by visiting redcross.org/donate.
To volunteer, particularly after the evacuation and during the wildfire recovery, visit redcross.org/volunteer.
The fires come on the heels of Giving Tuesday, a worldwide day of giving in celebration of philanthropy and generosity.
Locally, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has also set up a support fund to distribute donations directly to the affected communities and the nonprofits on the ground helping victims and addressing their needs. Donate here: cfmt.org.
Is your organization collecting donations to help? If so email the following details to firstname.lastname@example.org: Name of business or affiliation, address, collection items, collection times.