Gatlinburg Wildfires Christmas Fund
$4,660 of $5,000 goal
Raised by 86 people in 23 months
My name is Tesea Dawson and I am a member of the band Tuatha Dea. I am also a survivor and evacuee of the recent Gatlinburg TN wildfires. I am a resident of Gatlinburg, TN. I know first hand the devastation the fires have caused and know how it hit my community on a personal level. Many of the people who lost everything I know personally, my children go to school with or are family of my close personal friends. Many are children. I decided to start this fund as way to relieve at least a small stress from those who are facing such devastation. Gatlinburg is more than just a town. We are a community, a family and we support each other. Which is why I began this campaign. Gatlinburg, TN was a nightmare on Monday, November 28, 2016. I know because I was there. It was a night none of us will forget. As the statistics still roll in and the damage assessed those of us who escaped the flames unharmed and were lucky enough to gfind their homes still intact are bombarded with inquiries on how people can help. There are many options available but the truth is tho I was a lucky one I am still impacted. I personally know others who lost everything in the fire. My children go to school with kids who have no home anymore. Many are left without jobs and here we are at Christmas. The donation centers are overwhelmed with generosity already. This GoFund me project is geared towards raising monies to buy Christmas presents for those children who've lost it all or whose parents will be delayed a much needed paycheck during this time. The victims of this living nightmare. The money will be used to purchase toys for the children affected and plans are underway to create an event for these toys to be given out. Some of the funds may to buy wrapping paper for the children's gifts and purchase any necessary items needed such as diapers, formula, clothing, etc for those most affected. Kids tend to handle trauma differently and giving them something to smile about this Yule season is in our opinion a must. The funds will be handled by myself and no one else and once we have ended the campaign I will withdraw the funds to my account and purchase the toys and other items needed. Please donate what you can. Amounts over what is needed to provide Christmas for these kids will be donated to relief funds still in need.+ Read More
We are so close to the goal! I'm running the campaign up until Friday the 16th. So we have a few more days guys! Let's see how much we can raise this week and get this done! You guys are amazing! Don't forget to share!
Tuatha Dea felt inspired and this is our tribute. Along with personal interviews from each of us. I hope this inspires you to continue helping. Much love from us all as this was very emotional for us. We hope you love it as much as we do.
Things are starting to come together and plans are in the works! We have a few surprises but I can tell you that Tuatha Dea as a group has jumped on board with this and when it comes to the distribution and hand outs I foresee a visit from Santa and 8 tiny Tuathans making an appearance. We are so close to Christmas guys and I really only have this week to raise the funds needed in order to have time to transfer the money and do everything that needs to be done in time. Working on finalizing a date and details! Will update soon! Please continue to give! Every little bit helps and the more we raise the more we can do! And don't forget to keep sharing!! #mountainstrong
As of today myself and others within the community have begun trying to organize and event that will include Christmas dinner for the families, pictures with Santa, a special musical performance, a therapeutic drum circle and the giving out of the toys that were bought specifically with the money you all are giving. We are still working on a date and good location. This event is being done by the community for the community. so that everyone knows I will be having the money withdrawn to my account and I will personally see that it goes towards buying toys and items to give these children the Christmas they deserve. As soon as the date and location are secured I will let you all know. Every donation given will be put towards the purchase of toys that will be personally given out by myself to the kids who've lost it all. I do not consider these people to be any less than family as Gatlinburg has become just that. One big family. It is preferred by myself and as well as those I've spoken to that this campaign has been setup for that the donations be distributed by myself and those helping personally and not go directly to a foundation or center. If anyone has any questions please feel free to message me. Thank you again for all of your kindness and support and please keep giving and sharing.