The American Red Cross among others have created ways for people to donate and help those affected in wildfires that have destroyed homes, hotels and forced thousands of evacuations in Gatlinburg and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park this week.

Ways to aid in disaster relief can be found by visiting

To donate by check or to this specific cause, complete this donation form by printing and mailing to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839.

To make a $10 donation by text, text the word REDCROSS to 90999.

You also can mail a contribution to the Gatlinburg Relief Fund: Smart Bank: PO Box 1910, Pigeon Forge

Click here to donate to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Questions about what you can and cannot donate to the Red Cross? Read more here.

To volunteer, particularly after the evacuation and during the wildfire recovery, visit

The fires come on the heels of Giving Tuesday, a worldwide day of giving in celebration of philanthropy and generosity.

Is your organization collecting donations to help? If so email the following details to Name of business or affiliation, address, collection items, collection times.