SEVIER COUNTY/GATLINBURG, TN DISASTER
TFGC has set up a Sevier County/Gatlinburg, TN Disaster Fund to help our friends, neighbors and fellow Tennesseans who have suffered great losses of life and personal property in East TN. The 2017 November wildfires that ravaged a part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and parts of Sevier County are responsible for fourteen deaths, hundreds of injuries, 14,000 evacuations, and damage or destruction to more than 2,400 structures in excess of $500 million in damages. This disaster fund was set up to work with county and city officials to see where TFGC can help most with the great need of replacing horticulture (mostly trees and shrubs) in the devastated areas.
Many are asking how they can help Sevier
County and the victims of the tragic wildfires in our beautiful state. Our help will be in the form of
replacing/replanting horticulture in the area where there is a need. Sevierville Garden Club is our only TFGC club
in the county. Dixie Seaton, member of
Sevierville Garden Cub, has accepted being the point person/chairman for
distribution of our fund when needed.
She will be working with Larrie Wilson, TFGC Natural Disasters Chairman,
to coordinate this project. At this time, needs are not known. We must wait to contact county and city
officials and others like the city managers, Parks and Recreation Department
officials and landscapers, since many of them have lost their homes. The
fund has been set up to receive donations.
Please make your donation check to TFGC and send to TFGC Treasurer (see TVG directory for address) and note on your check that it is for
Sevier County/Gatlinburg, TN Disaster Fund.
This will be an ongoing project for months to come. In the mean time, if you wish to make personal
donations to other organizations working with individual victims, please do
so. One may also go to www.mountaintough.org to contribute directly in addition to our TFGC
Disaster Fund. Please continue to pray
for those in the affected area and continue your support of the tourist
industry in the area.