Kingsport church gathers donations for Sevier Co. fire relief efforts

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Waverly Road Presbyterian Church in Kingsport got together Tuesday to host a supply drive to gather various items for people affected by the fires in Sevier County.

“I just can’t imagine what they’re going through right now, I’m sorry,” Kingsport resident, Megan Hicks said.

Hicks was emotional thinking about the people affected by the Sevier County fires.

“These people have lost their homes, they’ve lost family members, they’ve lost clothing, food, everything,” Hicks said.

Hicks and dozens of other people came out to Waverly Road Presbyterian Church in Kingsport to donate items like clothing, baby food, toys and blankets, gathering supplies for people in need.

donations-2“We’re the volunteer state, we’re called to be volunteers and especially in the Christian setting we believe in serving others and loving our neighbors and this is just part of doing that,” Reverend Joshua Russell said.

Amy Boyles and her husband Jack own a home in Sevierville, TN.

Jack snapped a picture after quickly gathering valuables and heading to the school where he teaches, Amy described what he saw.

“He said it’s so bad you can’t breathe, you just couldn’t breathe. He has children who are displaced there today so we are saying prayers for them of course,” Amy Boyles said.

It’s a reminder to Amy of just how close we are to the fires.

“They are our neighbors. Right now is the season of giving so c’mon guys let’s give and help these people get back on their feet,” Amy Boyles said.

The church plans to reach out to local agencies on Friday to see when it’s safe to drive out and deliver supplies. Other local churches are also assisting in the efforts.

You can drop off donations Wednesday and Thursday from 12-5 p.m. at Prospect House. It is located at 1401 Waverly Rd. in Kingsport.



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