Johnson City leaders, other local businesses gather supplies, collect donations for Gatlinburg fire victims

TRI-CITIES, TN/VA (WJHL) – Johnson City officials saw a Facebook post from 50fifty Sports Tavern in Johnson City and wanted to help them with storage for donations.

The tavern received a donation of a semi-truck to deliver supplies to Sevier Co. The city then contacted management.

“We asked if there was anyone that we could help them, maybe with storage, and he said yes,” Sam Miller of Johnson City Parks & Recreation said.

Memorial Park Community Center and Carver Recreation Center are now drop points for things like water, sports drinks, first aid supplies and more.

They’re taking donations until Friday at 7 p.m. 50fifty hopes to deliver the supplies on Saturday.

“We want to fill that semi-truck up as much as possible,” Miller said.

So far they’ve seen a great turnout and they aren’t the only ones across the Tri-Cities helping out.

Jiggy Ray’s Pizzeria in downtown Elizabethton has a special concert planned.

“We are going to do a benefit concert Friday. All the funds that we raise that night with a bunch of local musicians coming to play and joining to help, we can help them out,” Co-owner, John Seehorn said.

People can bring in supplies or donate as much as you can.

Tribute Funeral Home is also involved and they are working with other local churches.

“Calvery Church is going to be coming by to bring $500 worth of groceries here, bottled water, diapers, stuff like that,” Tribute Funeral & Cremation employee, Jesse Davis said.

Various organizations and people across our region want to lend a hand to our neighbors who need it most.

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