How Alabamians can help donate to Gatlinburg victims

Arrowmont School of the Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg (Bill May via WATE)
Arrowmont School of the Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg (Bill May via WATE)

CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) — As the news of devastating, fatal wildfires in Gatlinburg sweeps across the Southeast, some organizations are already working to bring relief to those left homeless, in need of basic items and supplies.

That includes Karma of Cullman. On Tuesday afternoon, the non-profit organization began collecting donations to take to Gatlinburg over the weekend.

“In a world where people think everyone is cold and distant, tragedy brings out the real good in people and that God hasn’t given up,” said Rachel Bryant, the founder of Karma.

For the non-profit, it’s personal. One of the administrators is from Gatlinburg. Marie Tankersley used to own a business, crafting and delivering gift baskets to tourists at Gatlinburg’s busy cabin rental industry. Some of the people she knows have lost everything they own.

“These people are really in need right now. They need the help,” she said.

They are collecting supplies the victims can use immediately. That includes feminine and other hygiene products, toiletries, clothing, bottled water, baby food, diapers, and pet items.

They will be collecting items at their office location at 785 Highway 157 through Friday. On Saturday, the group will be at the breezeway by the Cullman Chamber of Commerce. You can also call in a monetary donation at (256) 735-3942.

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