Wildfires in District 7670

Notes from our neighbor District 7670 Governor Gary Dills whose district covers the North Carolina Mountains.

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In the Sevier County area, the residents are beginning their cleanup efforts. Many are displaced and living in hotels or other temporary quarters but they do not have any of the necessities. Residents can go to the Rotary Distribution Center at Boyd’s Bear to get for free whatever they need. The five local Rotary clubs and District 6780 have taken over management of the distribution centers in Sevier County. This is your daily update of the situation. We are serving between 2500 – 3000 people per day. This need is massive. We need your help. Don’t plan to supervise, plan to WORK, WORK, WORK! We have established a daycare for victims with counselors and dogs. It was opened yesterday and we have a group from UT heading that project for us. Today’s need include: Winter coats all sizes. Children’s sizes especially, warm gloves for all ages, shovels, rakes, water hoses, work gloves, mops and brooms, can openers All of the above items should be taken to: Rotary Distribution Center, Smoky Mountain Jubilee, 2119 Parkway, Pigeon Forge,TN 37863 There is still a great need for food for the residents who lost everything. Non-perishable food should be sent to: Rotary Distribution Center, BOYD’s BEAR, Traffic light #8, Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 The distribution centers are now being managed by the local Rotary clubs. This is a massive operation. They need between 150-200 volunteers per day at the distribution centers! If you can volunteer any time please contact Past District Governor Jerry Wear at 865- 228-1670 to schedule the times that you can help. We need monetary donations to pay for medicines that are desperately needed by people who lost their medications in the fire.
Please help. Your tax-deductible contribution can be made here: https://portal.icheckgateway.com/RotaryCommunityFund/
Checks can be mailed to: Oak Ridge Rotary Community Fund, PO Box 4183, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 Attn: David Carr On the memo line write: Firestorm

GARY D. DILLS
District 7670 Governor
2016-17

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