High Cotton Vintage Home Furnishings on Spring Street will be helping to donate funds during the coming days to the Gatlinburg area ravaged by wildfires that killed 14 in Sevier County last week. Customers who buy one High Cotton’s Smoky Mountain puzzles will see 100 percent of the profits go to the ‘My People Fund,’ begun by Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation to help those affected by the fires.
High Cotton owner Allison Jarrell Dotson said the idea for the donation through puzzle sales came about Tuesday, Nov. 29, after hearing about the devastation in Sevier County, where approximately 17,000 acres have been scorched. Dotson said the Great Smokey Mountain-themed puzzles, a few of which High Cotton had already been selling in-store, were appropriate for the location the profit funds will be benefitting. One hundred more of the puzzles have been pre-ordered, 70 of which have already been spoken for.
“People sent messages on social media, they called in, they reached out,” Dotson said of the people who have already requested to buy the ordered puzzles. “Some are in our state, some are in the eastern part of the state, some are out of state. We don’t normally ship, but in this instance it seemed appropriate to do.”
Dotson said the remaining puzzles will be available for purchase in-store as soon as they arrive, sometime next week. Each puzzle costs $20.50 plus tax, and all profits made by the store will be donated.
“Everything besides our costs will go to the ‘My People Fund,” Dotson said. “It’s just a way for people to donate to the people affected, who are not very far away.”
For more information on how to buy puzzles, contact High Cotton at (931)-723-0011, or stop by the store located at 213 N Spring St.
The Manchester Tourism and Community Development Commission announced in a press release a few other ways people can offer aid to the areas affected by wildfires. Food and water collection efforts for the shelters in Pigeon Forge are being coordinated by the Sevier County Economic Development office, which can be contacted at (865)-428-2212. LeConte Center’s shelter is in need of supplies such as aspirin, blankets and towels, feminine products, underwear for men and women, and baby clothes. To learn what other supplies are needed or about how to donate, contact the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism at (865)-453-8574 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.