Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Red Cross Wildfire Evacuee Story: The Youngs

Sevier County residents Jayne and Scott Young, along with their pet poodle Sassy, have spent the past two nights in the Red Cross shelter at Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg. The Youngs told a harrowing story about how the wildfire flames quickly converged on their home. It was dark and smoky. They had lost electrical power in their home, so they could not get their car out of the garage and they couldn’t find Sassy.

“It was the flashlight app on our phone that saved us,” said Jayne. “Using it was the only way we found Sassy and made our way walking down the mountain.” Finally, a local resident driving by gave the Youngs a ride, and they made their way to the Red Cross shelter.

“Everything is gone. Forty years of our life is gone," said Scott as he wiped away tears.

You can help disaster victims like the Youngs by making a monetary donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small. To donate, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Photo by Bob Wallace for the American Red Cross.

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