A Return - And Fire by Night
As many of you know, the town of Gatlinburg has been hit pretty hard this week. On Monday the 28th of November, gale-force winds took a fire from Smokey Mountain National Park and brought it down with terrifying speeds towards Gatlinburg. The devastation has been immense. Fourteen thousand people were evacuated, homes were destroyed - and as of the 29th, two thousand people were still in shelters, unable to go home.
Anything you can do, folks, will be appreciated. The folks here have compiled an excellent list of ways you can help. There is more here, and articles about the devastation are here and here. Whether it's toiletries, cash money, food, blankets, anything. The list of needs and locations there is pretty thorough. One I'll point out is the Red Cross, who at the moment is mostly asking for cash donations- if you text 90999, you can make a $10 donation to the Red Cross and get some help where it is really needed.
The home of my heart is on fire, and I grieve. It is hard to even see the keyboard right now. I appreciate all of you, and everything you do. Keep close care to your loved ones; everything can change in an instant.
Thank you for anything you can do.