The Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS) has reached out to industry businesses in the area affected by the wildfires in Gatlinburg and Sevier County, Tennessee, and while at this time it is not aware of any losses, everyone PPAMS spoke to shared stories of neighbors and family members who weren’t so lucky. With more than 1,000 people left homeless, the regional association is partnering with Randy Philipps of Knoxville-based distributor Access Solutions to collect and donate items for fire victims.

Items needed include household items, school supplies, toiletries, adult and children’s apparel, footwear, blankets, bottled water, baby formula and diapers. PPAMs also notes that any overruns, samples and wearables are welcome donations.

Knoxville Drop Off And Shipping

In the Knoxville area, donations can be dropped off at Access Solutions, 8701 Unicorn Drive, Suite 302, Knoxville, Tennessee 37923. Outside of Knoxville, items may be shipped to the same address. All items must be received by Friday, December 9. For any more information please call Phillips at 865-531-0971.

Nashville/Murfreesboro/Middle Tennessee Pickup

Jimmy Singleton of TSF Sportswear is also picking up items in the Nashville and Murfreesboro areas on Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9 to take to Gatlinburg. Singleton can be reached at 615-812-4774 or by email at

Monetary Donations

Donations can also be made directly to the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville Emergency Response Fund through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee at