Tornado Relief Effort Events And Drives

Find out how to help or donate to victims of the April 27 storms and tornadoes here. If you have an addition, email the information to

Greene County

Hemlock Hollow Inn & Paint Creek Cafe is hosting - "National Trails Day Fundraiser for Camp Creek Tornado Victims" on June 4, 2011 from 1pm till 8pm. All your help is needed to help make this a success! Go to and click on National trails day button to see all what we are doing. You don't have to be present to win the duck race so please buy a duck or two or just come on out and join the fun while helping your fellow neighbor out.

Loads of Love is doing laundry for tornado victims. Drop off your laundry one day and pick it up the next day (unless we get lots and lots all at the same time, we will get it back to you the next day). There is not a limit on the amount of laundry you can bring, and you may bring things more than once. Call (423) 823-8961 if you have questions. Drop-off location is Andrew Johnson Insurance on Tusculum Blvd., next door to Pizza Hut, between 10 am and 3 pm., Monday through Friday. Other arrangements, including pickup and delivery of laundry, may be made by calling 423-823-8961.

National Trails Day at Hemlock Hollow will be June 4th, 2011 from 1 to 8 PM. A Blessing & BBQ dinner will begin at 2pm until, music from 1-8, cake walk ages 12 & under, silent auction starting at 1, treasure hunt ages 13 & up, storytelling, Duck Race down the Creek, 3-5 minute talks about tornado victims, trails, tourism, fire prevention, demonstrations, & Camp fire at 7pm, plus more. We need volunteers for music, storytelling, auction items, donations, workers to help park vehicles, & other items needed for the BBQ so that all monies can go to the victims. All your help will be greatly appreciated. Call (423) 787-0917 for more information.

The Emergency Management Agency of Greeneville and Greene County and Harris Memorial Rural Baptist Church are accepting donations for Greene County storm victims, and Freewill Baptist Family Ministries Children?s home, located near Camp Creek Elementary School, is taking donations of various emergency supplies.

Johnson County

Visit the Community Help Board For Johnson County on Facebook for information on how you can help out in Johnson County.

Smyth County

A receiving and distribution center has been established at Joy Baptist Church, located at 37266 Faris Drive, Glade Spring, VA (phone 276-646-5318). They are accepting donations of non-perishable food and personal items ? NO CLOTHING OR FURNITURE, PLEASE.

Monetary donations will be accepted by the Smyth County United Way. Donations may be mailed to the United Way of Smyth County, POB 951, Marion, VA 24354, or they may be dropped off at the Smyth County Chamber of Commerce office located at 214 West Main Street, Marion, VA.

Smyth County has waived all tipping fees for debris from the damaged area. All that is asked is that persons coming to the landfill have some form of identification with an address in the affected area.

The Bank of Marion branches will be accepting donations for the American Red Cross local relief efforts.

Project Crossroads is accepting furniture and can be contacted at (276) 782-3339 for information regarding collection of the donated items.

All branches of New Peoples Bank will be accepting non-perishable food, personal items, and toys which will be taken to Joy Baptist Church for distribution. They will also accept monetary donations which will be turned over to the United Way of Smyth County.

Sullivan County

The Bus Pit in Downtown Kingsport will be holding a benefit concert for Camp Creek on Saturday, May 28 from 2 p.m. 2 a.m. Approximately 10 local bands will be playing and all proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross Camp Creek Relief Fund. Visit for more information.

The Companion Animal Hospital in Kingsport needs donations of food and shelter. The Airport Pet Emergency Clinic in Blountville needs pet supplies of all kinds.

Washington County, Virginia

There will be a benefit motorcycle ride to help those affected by the April 27 tornadoes in Glade Spring and Washington County, Virginia on May 28. The gathering starts at 11 a.m. and the ride leaves at 12:30 p.m. An approximate 3-hour ride with 2 breaks. We will be leaving from Patrick Henry High School, 31437 Hillman Highway, Glade Spring, Virginia 24340. The cost is BY DONATION ONLY. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO HELP SURVIVORS & VICTIMS OF THIS TRAGIC EVENT! Food, Drinks, and Music will be on site. Free gifts and prizes! 2-Time Survivor ?BIG TOM? on schedule to ride. Ride Sponsored by SPIRITWHEEL ALLEGIANCE INC., a Federal 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Charitable Organization.

The Washington County, Virginia Sheriff's Office support auxiliary is in need of more supplies. They're located at the Old Glade Presbyterian Church. They tell us they need large black trash bags, liquid cleaners, work gloves, mops and brooms, and bar oil for chainsaws.

A group is going to be rebuilding houses this weekend to those who are not insured. They have several contractors coming from all areas to help at no charge but supplies are needed. They are in need of doors, windows, shingles, and metal roofing materials. Call Renee Taylor at Door of Hope Fellowship for more information at (276) 206-1608.

The Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department is taking up donations of nonperishable foods, cleaning supplies and other necessities for the tornado victims in Chilhowie and Glade Spring Virginia. They will be taking these donations at the fire department all week long. For more information of take in times please contact Rodney Surber, Jr. at (276) 677-8006 or by email at All donations will also be appreciated.

Joy Baptist Church on Farris Drive is offering a variety of supplies.

Glade Spring Baptist Church on Monte Vista Drive is offering showers and laundry services. There are also a lot of supplies in the Christian Life Center.

You can pick up rakes, gloves and cleaning supplies at Landmark Baptist on Lee Highway.

Due to the magnitude of the disaster, United Way of Russell and Washington Counties has created the United Way Disaster Support Fund to help Southwest Virginians rebuild their lives. Contributions to the United Way Disaster Support Fund are designated to support the recovery and long-term recovery efforts to rebuild lives and infrastructure devastated by the storms across Southwest Virginia Communities. Currently United Way of Russell and Washington Counties has committed $100,000 of the organizations own monies and has received pledges from Universal Fibers, BVU, Food City, and the First Bank and Trust Company each in the amount of $10,000. Donate online at, by phone at (276) 628-2160 on a mobile phone by texting SUPPORT to 27722 (makes a $10 donation; standard text messaging rates apply), or by check. Make out to United Way and on the memo put ?Disaster Support Fund? and then mail to United Way of Russell and Washington Counties, P.O. Box 644, Abingdon, VA 24212.

First Bank & Trust Company has set up the Disaster Relief Washington County account so that anyone who would like to can make a donation to assist victims of the recent storm and tornado activities in Washington County, Virginia. First Bank & Trust Company additionally made a commitment of $10,000 in order to join efforts with other local businesses to raise $200,000 for area storm victims. All collected funds will be distributed to the local Fire Department, Red Cross and the Washington County Life Saving Crew. Donations can be made at any First Bank & Trust Company location.

At Cuttin Up Hair Salon in Abingdon, VA is collecting items and supplies for the Glade Spring Residents. The shop's number is (276) 628-2688.

The Glade Spring Virginia Volunteer fire department is distributing baby supplies, clothing, food, water and meals available 24-7. For more information call (276) 429-2421.

Woodland Hills Church of Christ of Abingdon is providing meals for the Glade Spring Tornado victims and workers at the Glade Spring Community Center near the ball park. They start serving lunch at noon each day.

Meadowview Elementary School in Meadowview, VA is holding a drive. They're accepting clothing, baby food, diapers and small toys. You can drop off items at the main entrance. For more information call (276) 739-3900.

A shelter is currently open at Emory and Henry College in the gymnasium, and our Emergency Response Vehicle is serving meals to those affected in Glade Spring area. If transportation is needed, please contact Elaine Smythe at (276) 944-6835 for more information.

Saving Furry Friends has grant money to help families whose pets were injured by the Glade Spring tornado (companion animals only for now). The money is coming from Richmond Animal League and Pet Smart Foundation. For more information email or call (276) 706-6477. Pet food or temporary shelter also available. If mailbox is full please try back.

Washington County, Tennessee

East Tennessee State University has established a Web site that provides information on ways support may be extended to the people of Washington and Greene counties who were affected by the April 27 storms that produced heavy hail, damaging winds and tornadoes. The site,, encourages visitors to assist in several ways. The American Red Cross is also accepting donations that may be designated to remain in the Greene County and/or Washington County areas.

The Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department has a drop-off for Washington County, Tennessee residents who were affected by the storms. They're accepting clothing, food, personal items and cleaning supplies.

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