Donations for Tennessee

Published 11:10 am Tuesday, December 6, 2016

One of the most difficult things we can experience in life is loss, but one of the many things that Lawrence Countians know is how to help those in a time of loss or tragedy.

This was true with so many individuals, businesses and organizations who are always willing to step forward and would give the shirt off their back to help a friend, family member or even someone they have never met.

This was certainly the case, earlier this year, after the devastating floods in West Virginia and the response for supplies and donations from residents throughout Lawrence County was truly a special sight. To get supplies to those who were delivering them to the flood victims, we needed a box truck donated by Bob Cleary from BC Tool Rental.

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Fast forward to the last few weeks, we all read, saw and heard about the destructive wildfires in Tennessee that have claimed over a dozen lives thousands of acres. So many from our region have made trips to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and The Great Smoky Mountains.

While we may not know many, if any, of those affected, it is important that we lend a helping hand to those who have truly lost everything.

That is the reason The Tribune, who has partnered with Casa Grande restaurant, Shield Roofing in South Point, and Ink in a Blink in Russell, Kentucky, to accept donations of supplies that will be delivered to victims next week.

Supplies needed include water, paper products, non-perishable and canned foods, cleaning supplies, hygiene products (soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste), dog and cat food and blankets.

You can drop off those donations at The Tribune office today-Friday between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or at any one of the other locations mentioned.

In a time of tragedy, we have always come together as one people to help others. We may not know their names, but we know their need.