Former Army Ranger, Timothy Sterbens (3/75 and RSTB) is on the ground in Gatlinburg, TN lending a hand. Sue Moma Peney, reported in a closed Facebook page for the 75th Ranger Regiment Gold Star families that according to Tim, they are in dire need of volunteers and financial support. Sue Moma wrote, “I am sure you all have heard the news of the wild fires in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and surrounding areas. At a minimum, please pray for the folks affected including our Rangers responding.”
Sterbens has been appointed command of a Red Cross relief station headquartered at New Hope Church in Kodak, TN, where Tim’s father is the pastor. If you can deploy to volunteer in Gatlinburg, Tim will lodge you while there and will be grateful for the help. Anyone willing to make a financial donation to help out, please go to http://www.newhopeonline.com and click on the “give” link at the top of the page. In the comments section write “disaster recovery” so the funds are directed appropriately.
Donated items needed for recovery operations that New Hope Church will be collecting to provide to the Red Cross for clean up kits in the coming days include: 5 Gallon Buckets, hoses, rakes, shovels, work gloves, N-95 masks, bleach/cleaning supplies, contractor bags, brooms, water.
Donated items for personal care kits for those harboring in shelters include: gallon zip lock bags. Shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, new combs and brushes, hand soap, diapers, toilet paper, plastic garbage bags, paper plates and cups, new pillows, new wash cloths and towels, and coffee and creamer.
And since it is Christmas, in the spirit of giving, New Hope Disaster Relief is also accepting new unwrapped kids toys as well as gift cards (i.e. Visa, Wal-Mart, Kroger)
Anyone wishing to volunteer on the ground please contact any Darby Project representative who will supply you with direction or email them firstname.lastname@example.org