UPDATE - 12/6/16
Our DART Coordinator sent in these photos and videos while surveying the damage in Gatlinburg. These fires have absolutely devastated the community.
IDES is working with Smokey Mountain Christian Church to help families who have sustained damage to or completely lost their homes. The clean-up process is currently underway in the communities, and the recovery will be long-term, taking several months. Our primary method of assistance will be financial until the areas are safe enough to begin physical assistance. We will continue to assist throughout the entire recovery process.
The best way that you can personally help the victims of this wildfire is by making a generous donation towards their recovery. We will partner with Smokey Mountain Christian Church to replace the household items and necessities that were destroyed for the affected families.
Please consider giving a gift in order to show these families that there is still hope, and it comes in Jesus' name - click the button below!
According to CNN, the wildfire in Gatlinburg, TN has already scorched through over 15,000 acres of land in the heavily populated tourist town.
Four people have tragically been killed, and over 45 others have been injured by the flames. More than 250 buildings including homes have been destroyed. Nearly 14,000 residents and visitors have been evacuated out of the path of the fire and are now sheltering away from their homes.
IDES is sending emergency funds to a local church partner in the area, and our DART Coordinator will arrive in Tennessee tomorrow, December 1st, to begin damage assessment as we determine the best course of action. We will be working through this chuch to determine how to best meet the needs of families who have been affected by this disaster. Please stay tuned here on our website or on our social media profiles for more updates in the coming days.
Please pray for our DART Coordinator, for the first responders, for the local churches, and especially for the victims.
If you wish to donate towards our response efforts, please designate your gift as "Disaster Response" at the bottom of the giving form at the following link.