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Local relief efforts taking place for Tennessee

BURLINGTON — Four local businesses, led by Casa Grande owner Carlos Ortiz, are collecting donations to aid the victims of the recent Tennessee wildfires.

“One of the reasons I wanted to do this is because a lot of people around here have been to Gatlinburg,” Ortiz said. “I’ve been there twice, and I know they need some help down there right now.”

Items in need include water, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.), non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, cat and dog food, Gatorade and blankets. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

Along with Casa Grande, Shield Roofing in South Point, Ink in a Blink in Russell and The Tribune are all taking part in collecting donations for the cause.

“We’re going to be collecting donations until Friday (Dec. 9),” Ortiz said. “I’m planning to go down there to take everything on Sunday.”

Ortiz said he plans on personally taking a truck, with a possible trailer if necessary, with the supplies to Gatlinburg himself.

Items can be dropped off this week through Friday at Casa Grande, located at 47 Township Road 1429 W., South Point; Shield Roofing, located at 206 Fourth Street E., South Point; Ink in a Blink, located at 411 Russell Road, Russell, Kentucky; or The Ironton Tribune, located at 2903 S. Fifth St., Ironton.