North Central Security Services and the Macon County Chamber of Commerce joined together to give back to the Great Smoky Mountains and the Gatlinburg area during their time of need.
They conducted a local Telethon on WLCT 102.1 FM this past Friday, Dec. 2, in an effort to raise money for the Dolly Parton “My People Fund” to help out many victims in need. People stopped by NCSS Friday to offer their support by performing on the radio, and dropping off donations.
Carolyn Smith, President & CEO of NCSS stated, “All monetary donations will be given to the My People Fund. We wanted to be certain that these donations will be given to the fire victims in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The items that have been donated will be taken to shelters where some of the victims are staying, and it will be specified that we want that to go to the people who have lost their homes due to the fires. We have had diapers, dog food, canned goods, bottled water, shoes and jackets for kids.
We raised $26,670 as of Monday, and are hoping to be higher by Thursday. We will be accepting any donations through Wednesday afternoon. We will be leaving Thursday morning to deliver the donations.”
This is the fourth tele-a-thon NCSS has conducted, with total contributions topping $100,000. Smith stated, “We did one for 9/11, hurricane Katrina, and when the tornado came through here in Macon County. Macon and surrounding counties have always come through for each other. We just had the landing spot for people to be able to give to a good cause. I am so thankful to have been involved in these, it touches my heart to see people go generously give to people that they don’t personally know.”
Donations can bye dropped off at NCSS, located at 200 College Street on the square in Lafayette, by Wednesday afternoon, or left in the night drop.
Reach Kelly Rich at 615-66-2440.