With hundreds of people now homeless and business owners without a place to work because of the wildfires in Tennessee, a metro Atlanta sheriff's office is doing its part to lend a helping hand.
Deputy Stephen Wilbanks with the Hall County Sheriff's Office says, they've been on the other side and are simply paying it forward.
"We've personally been the recipients of mutual aid in the past from the tornadoes in 1998. So, as a public safety agency, we understand how important it is to have others assist in times of crisis," Wilbanks said.
The Hall County sheriff got a volunteer effort organized, and on Friday, the 53-foot trailer full of supplies, heads to Gatlinburg.
"We're loading it with anything from water to food supplies, baby items, such as diapers and wipes, dog food, pet supplies, blankets, clothing," Wilbanks said.
He says they've collected basically everything for those in need. "We've even had people donate children's toys, just any number of things,” Wilbanks said.
He added, “You know, people up there have lost everything.
“So they're going to need the necessities of course; but anything else that people are willing to donate, we're not turning it down.”