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TN Wildfire Relief ongoing drive

By Ben Butzbach, 12/05/16, 12:30PM CST

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The recent wildfires in our home state of Tennessee have affected thousands of residents.

On November 29th , The Nashville community stepped up. Along with our friends at Ford Ice Center, we were able to quickly collect over 5500 pounds of supplies, and with the generous donation of a trailer by singer Jeremy McComb and the donation of time by P.J Sloan we delivered these supplies to Sevier County, TN.

Initially we collected water and Gatorade to rehab the Firefighters, while the initial fire has been brought under control, at the time of this writing, the fire is only 42% contained and over 700 firefighters are still in the area. In addition there are double-digit fatalities and over 700 confirmed structures destroyed. Thousands will be without their homes this holiday season, and hundreds of firefighters face the possibility of spending the holidays away from home.  Firehouse Hockey is organizing our second relief drive, with the help of local businesses around Middle Tennesse.

From Monday- December 5th- Friday December 9th you may donate items at the following locations. Please see below the locations for a list of updated items needed. We will continually update the list as our contacts in Gatlinburg update us.  Finally, we are encouraging any monetary donations, be directed to Dollywood Foundation. 100% of their donations will go to the Dolly Parton “My People” Fund. This will ensure your donations stay local to the area and to the people who need it.  Firehouse hockey will accept donations to help cover transportation costs  (truck/trailer rentals and fuel) via our “Donate” page but will not be able to further accept donations toward relief supplies at this time.

UPDATE 12/8/16- We have learned of an URGENT need.  We have learned of over 90 kids from a single school who will be facing the possibility of living in a motel for the next several months. With the frigid temps in the mountains, they will be confined to the room instead of being able to be outside. If you have any old electronics, video games, board games, or toys we can do our best help these kids be kids and have a bright spot.

Murfreesboro, TN

Skate Center West

849 W. College Street

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Available: Tuesday 12/6 4:00pm-8:00pm

Friday 12/9  4:00pm- 10:00pm

Saturday 12/10 – 11:00am-4:30pm

Sunday 12/11- 2:00pm-5:00pm

Nashville, TN

Dex Imaging

50 Rachel Drive

Nashville TN, 37214

Available: 7:45am-5:00pm

Ford Ice Center

5264 Hickory Hollow Parkway

Antioch, TN 37013

Available:

7am-10pm

Shelbyville, TN

Newton Ford South

2010 North Main Street

Shelbyville, TN 37160

Available:

9:00 am – 7:00pm

Spring Hill, TN

Southcentral TN Workforce Alliance & Ibex Global

5000 Northfield Lane, Door 700

Spring Hill, TN 37174

Available:

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm After hours drop-off Available. Please contact Jan McKeel @ 615.400.1268 or 931.446.4845 to arrange.

Victims:

Medicine (over the counter items such as Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen)

First Aid supplies

NEW winter coats and clothes

NEW undergarments, all sizes men and women

Used WINTER clothing (clean-good condition)

New Toys – unwrapped

FIREFIGHTERS:

eye drops (i.e Visine)

Chapstick

new underwear

t-shirts

wool socks

 

Recovery Operations :

5 Gal Buckets

Hoses

Rakes

Shovels

Work Gloves

N-95 Masks

Bleach/Cleaning Supplies

Contractor Bags

Brooms

 

NEW Items Needed For Personal Care Kits in Shelters:

Gallon Zip Lock Bags

Shampoo

Tooth Paste and Brush

New Combs/Brushes

Hand Soap/Hand Sanitizer

Diapers

Toilet Paper

Plastic Garbage Bags

Paper Plates/Cups

NEW Pillows

NEW Wash Cloths/Towels

Coffee/Creamer

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