Gatlinburg Wildfire Laundry Fund

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On Monday November 28, 2016 a wildfire raged through our community of Gatlinburg, TN.  Over 14,000 people were evacuated, over 700 structures were lost, many injured and too many lost their lives.   

My name is Stephen Tanner and I am the owner of Super Suds Coin Laundry located in Gatlinburg, TN . We are trying to help the evacuees and emergency responders by providing either free or greatly reduced prices to wash their clothes and linens during their attempts to recover.  We can't cover all of the cost ourselves  as we are a very small business.  So we are therefore seeking donations from others who want to help.

All donations will be used to cover the cost (utilities, chemiclals, and equipment maintenance) associated with washing and drying clothes. bed linens, towels, wash cloths, etc. as well as detergents, bleaches and softeners.  Funds will be deposited in our business checking account and used to pay the above costs.  Any funds not used will be donated to the Red Cross.

At one point there were 1200  evacuees and emergency response personnel located at the Red Cross Evacuation Center (Rocky Top Sports Complex) located just down the road from our Laundromat. Numerous people are still there.  Many will be there for a while.  When others are allowed back into their homes they will need to wash numerous items to get the smoke smell out.  Not everyone has insurance and some will not have jobs left and will be reduced to unemployment insurance.

We are the only  remaining Laundromat located in the City of Gatlinburg.  Some of these evacuees have lost everything and have nowhere to launder what little they have. If you want to help, you can donate to this fund.  

We are a member of the Coin Laundry Association and have already had members offering help.  If you can help to offset the cost for the evacuees and emergency responders it will be greatly appreciated.

Any donations received are considered a gift and are not tax deductible.
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Update: January 1, 2017

Wanted to let all of you that supported our campaign know how much you helped. Whether you donated funds, detergents, food, labor, advertising, or prayers and emotional support, it all is appreciated. Thanks so much. We were able to hold a Free Laundry Weekend in December and then keep our prices at a no-profit level for the remainder of the month of December. We were also able to provide detergent, softener, and bleach free of charge due to donated products.

Now we must return our prices back to pre-wildfire levels. We have turned off the ability to accept monetary donations via our GoFundMe website. Our customer base has changed as a result of the Wildfires and we are still evaluating the impacts to our business. Even though we are raising our prices back to pre-wildfire levels, if you know of someone directly affected by the wildfires that still needs help with laundry, please let us know. We will do what we can to help out. Our ability to respond quickly may be limited, but we will do our best. Even though we will no longer accept donations via GoFundMe, if you feel the need or desire to help, you can still contact us via our facebook page www.facebook.com/supersudscoinlaundry/

Thanks to all of you and may you have a very prosperous and Happy New Year!
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UPDATE: Dec 17, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

Our campaign continues in an effort to help as many victims of the Gatlinburg Wildfires that we can regarding doing their laundry at reduced prices. We initially raised sufficient funds and other donations to cover a Free Wash & Dry weekend on Dec. 10-11, 2016. Since then we have received some monetary donations directly and some through the GoFundMe account.

As of today, we are able to commit to no-profit wash & dry prices through December 31, 2016. This means our prices are set at a level that only covers our costs for utilities, rent, taxes, insurance, and maintenance costs. We receive no profit at these price levels. We have also received donated laundry detergents, bleach, and softeners from numerous people and groups. These products are provided for Free to our customers for use in the laundromat.

Those wising to donate can do so through https://www.gofundme.com/gatlinburg-wildfire-laundry-fund or may donate directly to our business by mailing donations to:

SF TANNER, LLC
379 Norton Creek Rd.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Donations are considered a gift and may not be tax deductible.
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UPDATE: Dec. 11, 2016 9:45 pm

What a great weekend. We completed the Free Wash & Dry event this weekend. As a result of donations to the Gatlinburg Wildfire Laundry Fund, donations by individuals, businesses, friends and family we were able to launder approximately 8,234 pounds of laundry in 294 washer loads during our two day event. We will continue to offer no-profit wash & dry prices through December. Should sufficient funds be donated we will provide another Free Wash & Dry event as soon as we can. We were also the lead story on the 6:30 Local 8 News on WVLT-TV in Knoxville, TN today. ( I haven't been able to located the video link but the story is on their website.)
http://www.local8now.com/content/news/Super-Suds-Coin-Laundry-provides-free-laundry-services-for-fire-victims-405916425.html

Thank you, Thank You, Thank you to all who donated. A special thank you to our co-sponsors Cates Laundry Equipment and Laundrylux as well as the following suppliers who contributed to our event: Southern Automatic Machinery Co. of Fayetteville, GA and Phoenix Supply Co.,of Knoxville, TN. We couldn't have done it without you.
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UPDATE: Dec 10 8:55 pm

We had a great first day today at our Free Wash & Dry event. Initial estimates indicate we did over 3000 pounds of laundry. Our customers were very shocked and pleased with the ability to wash & dry their clothes and linens for free. And then when they say we had pizza and soft drinks that was icing on the cake for them. One customer said she was at a loss for words on how to thank us as she had spent her rent money on food and did not know how she was going to do laundry. When she heard about our event she came up with a few loads of clothes not knowing what to expect. When she saw how it really was free she asked if she could bring her linens and blankets as everything smelled like a wet fireplace. Of course we said bring it all. She went home and brought eight more bags of blankets, towels, sheets, and comforters. She cried and said she didn't know how she would have been able to do laundry had it not been for our help. To be honest , I cried too but with happy tears as we were able to help her because of others who had donated to this fund. Another person came in with a blanket, a shirt, and a pair of pants. He said that was all he had left. He wanted to extend his thanks to all those who had donated to make this possible for him to wash what little he had left. So thanks to all of you who have donated and contributed to this campaign. We look forward to another great day tomorrow helping those who have a need to do laundry and can't afford to do so. Anyone who can help through donations please do so we can continue offering this service. We will still be free tomorrow and then will go back to a nominal charge for washers and dryers unless we receive sufficient donations that would allow us to do this again.
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Raised by 22 people in 30 months
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