I’ve fielded several emails lately from people asking about “Jack,” the gentleman I wrote about who lost everything during the Gatlinburg fires. I write today to share that he has been admitted into a facility. I ask for your prayers as he receives help to recover from this devastating life event. Please do not email me asking for details; his parents reached out to me when I became distraught after being unable to contact him. He’s getting help, and at least he isn’t worrying about where to sleep at night. Praise God because we have been deeply worried about his safety.
Moving forward, I have secured the names of two new people who are still sleeping hither and yon. Like Jack, they were also sub-leasing and not eligible for the Dolly Foundation money. Like Jack, they (still) have no where to go and move their children from place to place praying someone hurries up and re-builds housing. I have added them to other people I shared in December. This week, I’m mailing Valentine’s Day Love. If you have kids, please consider having them mail cards of hope to the people on this short list. We all know the feeling of hopelessness these days, but most of us at least have a place to call our own. The best thing we can do is encourage each other.
One of the people on this list confided that “every day I think about giving up, but I must press on because my kid depends on me.”
Here are the names of those who could use a little love. I alternated colors to separate the names and addresses.
466 Overlook Way
Newport TN 37821
2 adults, 2 children lost everything; subleasing not eligible for Dolly$. Landowner received Federal money, she received nothing.
9341 Number 4 Drive
Mascot TN 37806
(single mom-college educated-employed- has an 11 year old son and is living with a friend. She has a long commute, subleased not eligible for Dolly$).
Ober Gatlinburg Employee living with parents right now
4047 Camp Hollow Rd
Sevierville TN 37876
PO Box 1273
Gatlinburg TN 37738
(currently in wheelchair, lost job)
176 Earl Flatt Lane
Gainesboro TN 38652
He fed 15,000 sandwiches for free. Did not loose his home but was one of the first in to help. Three weeks of volunteering and feeding people for free, his young child was in an accident after Christmas. Needs prayers.
Renea will donate the proceeds of her Christmas Story: A HardscrabbleChristmas and In the Garden with Billy to the victims she met at The Distribution Center in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Download it here.
Renea Winchester is a traditionally-published author of three books. She is a Jesus lover, a gardener, and a giver of hugs. She may be reached at P.O. Box 404, Webster NC 28788