My name is Teresa Choplin as some of you may know. My husband Charles Choplin is the Cherokee County Ranger with the NC Forest Service.
I contacted Tim Radford at WKRK about getting the word out about donations for the NC Forest Service last Friday evening, Nov 4th. As soon as Tim shared my request on Facebook, the response was overwhelming!!
Saturday morning my husband could not believe the amount of items that had already started showing up at his office located behind TCCC. We were not only able to provide Cherokee and Clay county with needed items, but our entire NC Forest Service district, which includes... Swain, Haywood, Jackson, Graham, Macon, Clay and Cherokee county with ample amount of supplies.
I personally have been delivering items after I get off of work to these counties and I'd just like to say that each county is grateful and in disbelief at the generosity of our small mountain town.
Every County Ranger within these counties has asked me to please let our community know how much these items were needed and as much as they'd like to personally thank each and everyone, with these conditions and fires burning, there's just no way to do such a task.
So on behalf of the NC Forest Service, my husband Charles Choplin and District 9, we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
I've had the opportunity to meet many of the people as they brought in donations from themselves, their businesses and local churches.
These men and women, wildland firefighters have had homemade hot cooked meals delivered and also had the opportunity to meet many of you as well.
You guys have done such an amazing job with donations that we are good and covered for now... if you have items already please bring them on over... but I will keep Tim updated if the need arises again for more items.
Charles and I are from eastern NC, but have been so blessed by this community and we are at home. I thank you all personally for helping us by welcoming us to your county.
Thank you again for everything you've done and may God bless each one of those who jumped right in to donate!!!
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