December 2, 2016
During the last week of November 2016, wildfires raged through eastern Tennessee including the cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Fueled by hurricane-force winds and dry conditions, the fire took the lives of more than 12 people and damaged at least 1,000 buildings. Their homes destroyed, many people have been left homeless.
If you want to help, then consider supporting one of the charities listed here. You can click on the charity's name to go to its Charity Navigator rating page where you can review its financial health, accountability and transparency. On that page, you can quickly make a donation by clicking on the green “Donate to this Charity” button.
Because of a serious, ongoing drought in the south, six states – Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi - have been plagued by fires this fall. Over a million acres have burned so far this year. As a result, help is needed beyond just Tennessee. And while local charities in other parts of the south may not have funds set up specifically to help with the victims of these fires, there are still ways you can help. For example, you may want to consider supporting an environmental charity whose mission is focused on water conservation or climate change. You can browse environmental charities on our site to find one that fits your charitable giving goals.
But before you give in response to this, or to the next natural disaster, be sure to review our Tips For Giving In Times Of Crisis.