1/6/17: Please see Rotary Club of Gatlinburg's needs and new hours for the Center. If you are a Rotarian and would like to help, this would be an excellent way to do so.
Effective immediately - New Hours for the Rotary Distribution Center Are:
Volunteers: Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Affected Families: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
This Saturday we are working with the Lions Clubs and RAM to provide FREE EYE EXAMS! People who were affected by the fires or who may have lost their glasses in the fire are eligible for the free eye exams this Saturday. The glasses will be made for them at NO COST and delivered in about a week. Anyone affected by the fires and needing eyeglasses should report to Boyd’s Bear this Saturday January 7th at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Beginning Monday there will be flyers available at the Rotary Distribution Center about an upcoming free legal clinic for those impacted by the fires. The clinic is scheduled for January 23rd. The flyer will announce times and locations. The flyer will be available in both English and Spanish. It is being made available through the Young Lawyers Association.
We are no longer accepting dog food, used clothes, used shoes, water, or toys.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND THESE ITEMS!!!
Our biggest needs are:
Poptarts- huge demand for these
Sugar, small bags
Flour, small bags
Mac and cheese, microwavable type
Canned meat (tuna, chicken, turkey, potted meat, canned hams, Vienna sausages, etc.)
Canned pasta with meat (spaghetti and meatballs and ravioli)
Paper towels (but not toilet paper!)
Bed linens and blankets
Kids underwear and socks
Our OTC pharmacy needs large quantities of the following medications:
Adult and children cold and cough medications
Infant and children acetaminophen and ibuprofin
Any of the above items we can take in full case or truckload lots.
We need Rotarians and others to volunteer to help work at the Boyd’s Bear site. Please get a group of folks and go help. have a recurring need for translators.
Rotarians who want to volunteer at the Rotary Distribution Center - just report to the Boyd’s Bear site (146 Cates Road, Pigeon Forge, TN). Turn left (Cates Road) just before traffic light #10 at the sign that says DISTRIBUTION CENTER. Boyd’s Bear is the big red building on the left (east side) of the road. Show up and go inside. They will have you register and then put you to work. By registering to work our volunteer time is being counted to assist in securing federal funding to assist in the recovery from the fires.
Bulk deliveries of items should now be taken to our new warehouse (i.e. tractor trailer loads). It is located at:
Rotary Boyd’s Bear Warehouse
5502 Island River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37914
Contact the supervisor to report delivery times. The warehouse is only open 9:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday.
Rotarians please bring any donated items directly to Boyd’s Bear in Pigeon Forge.
If you cannot volunteer please consider a donation. We will use monetary donations to purchase items that we need. Your tax-deductible contribution can be made at:
Checks can be mailed to:
Oak Ridge Rotary Community Fund
PO Box 4183
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Attn: David Carr
On the memo line write: Firestorm
THANK YOU for your support!
District Governor 2016-17
Rotary District 6780