Help Katelyn After the Fire in TN

$3,795 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 82 people in 4 months
Barbara Davis  GATLINBURG, TN
Many are unaware of the devastating fire that raged through Gatlinburg, TN on the night of November 28th.  My niece, Katelyn Hillmeyer was among those evacuated, driving through flames to reach safety. Katelyn works for the Student Conservation Corps through AmeriCorps for The Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Through her job at the National Park she was made aware of the sudden emergency as a wildfire blew out of control.

She was evacuated from the park and drove to her rented cabin in Gatlinburg to grab a few items. While taking things to her car she noticed her neighbors were home but apparently asleep and unaware of the approaching danger. She stopped what she was doing to wake them and help them, a single mom and teenage daughter.  Once again accessing the situation, she realized the need to leave immediately, in doing so left many things behind. 

Katelyn is an amateur photographer, talented artist, and outdoor enthusiast.  She was able to get a small backpack with a few clothes, a sleeping bag, and laptop computer but she lost everything else in this fire including the rest of her clothes, shoes (if you know Katelyn - you know about the shoes), household supplies, her camera and lenses and art supplies. She has renters insurance, but it will cover only a portion of what she has lost or even needs to replace to live once she finds another place to rent. 

I didn't really want to set a goal  for this fund but it's required. I know that many are in need of help, but if you can donate anything we would be so appreciative. As her aunt, I can only say how very thankful I would be to each of you as I am at a loss on how to help more than this being so far away in Arizona. I assure you the funds will be used to make her whole again after this tragedy as she will be using them for clothing, personal and household goods such as towels, pots and pans, and the like as she works to get back on her feet. She will have access to the funds to have them directly deposited into her bank account and her mom is on her way to help her get the things she needs and make sure she is OK.
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Update 3
Posted by Barbara Davis
3 months ago
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Hello and Happy New Year -
Our hearts have been full throughout this holiday season and beyond as we have had an opportunity to give thanks for the help that Katelyn has received through so many avenues. She has a temporary place to live in Tennessee, has clothes to wear, household goods and has replaced her precious camera. As her aunt, I can't tell you how proud I am of her. She is so thoughtful and careful with the funds she has received. We spent a day together before Christmas and while she is still recovering from this tragedy, she is getting through it.

We are in awe at the resilience of the people of Gatlinburg and how they are working to put the pieces of their lives together little by little. The photo that I've added her is part of a project by Jeremy Cowart called "Voices of Gatlinburg". I encourage everyone to take a moment to learn about this touching project that he is doing telling the stories of the people.

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank everyone who has contributed to help Katelyn's campaign. You can't imagine how much your love and support has been appreciated. Thank you!
#VoicesofGBurg
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Update 2
Posted by Barbara Davis
4 months ago
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To everyone who has been so kind and opened your hearts to Katelyn we are all so appreciative. Susan, her mother and my sister, was with her for the weekend. They have found a place for her to live and stocked her up with food and some clothes to get her started again. This has been so hard on Katelyn and your kindness and generosity mean the world to her. If your could please continue to share while she focuses on moving forward, we would appreciate it. Your help has meant so much. Katelyn has posted a message on her Facebook page on ways to support the entire community as well, if you are so inclined. Thank you all.
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Update 1
Posted by Barbara Davis
4 months ago
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Hi friends - I have started a GoFundMe campaign to help my niece Katelyn. If any of you can help out, she has truly lost almost everything she owns in the fire in Tennessee that burned her rental home down.
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Cindy Barth
4 months ago

So sorry to see the devastation Katelyn. So happy you got out safely. One day at a time. Wish I was closer so I could help you.

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Tom Davis
4 months ago

Sorry for your losses. It's only stuff and we are thankful you are ok! Prayers that everything works out good for you!

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$3,795 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 82 people in 4 months
Created December 2, 2016
NS
$10
Natalie Starkey
3 months ago
$50
Anonymous
3 months ago
$50
Anonymous
3 months ago
$30
Anonymous
3 months ago
$25
Freshie Lawrence
3 months ago

I hope this tiny amount helps! You and Gatlinburg are in my thoughts!

$50
Anonymous
4 months ago
FM
$50
Franklin Montenegro
4 months ago

With much love

AO
$45
Anesa Owen
4 months ago

SCA alumni trying to help out! Stay strong!

DM
$25
Dorothy McQuaid
4 months ago

Fellow SCA intern here- wishing you the best!

$10
Triana Brower
4 months ago

so sorry for your loss. praying for you and your family! blessings to you

Cindy Barth
4 months ago

So sorry to see the devastation Katelyn. So happy you got out safely. One day at a time. Wish I was closer so I could help you.

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Tom Davis
4 months ago

Sorry for your losses. It's only stuff and we are thankful you are ok! Prayers that everything works out good for you!

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