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Aid sought for victims of wildfires By GRAHAM WILLIAMS A little more than a year ago, Union County residents responded a plea for help from flood victims in South Carolina.
Now they're being asked to help the victims of wildfires in Tennessee.
In a Facebook post Sunday, Betty Jo Taylor issued the call to aid people in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge areas.
"Union County has another opportunity to help our neighbors. This time the need is a little different," she wrote. "These folks need boots, coats and winter clothes of all sizes. Please remember to bring things that you would wear yourself. Personal hygiene items are very much needed. Water and diapers are needed. Monetary donations can be used to buy things needed when we get there. Gift cards or gas cards would help also. We do not need cleaning supplies as before since there is nothing to clean. "
At least 13 people died in the wildfires, which destroyed more than 700 homes and businesses and burned thousands of acres of woodlands in the Smoky Mountains.
"Just imagine what you would need if Union burned," Taylor wrote. "I know the response during the floods was awesome as I know it will be this time."
In October 2015, more than 1,200 cases of water were donated in a single day in Union and sent to flood victims living in the Midlands. Money, water and emergency supplies were also collected that week. Lockhart Power Co. donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in flood relief efforts.
Donations will be collected at Western Auto in the Union Square Shopping Center on Monday and Tuesday, Taylor said.
An announcement about the relief effort was made in local Baptist churches Sunday morning.