MTSU SGA partners with Tennessee Technological University to aid victims of Gatlinburg wildfires


Madison Tracy and Miranda Stoltz volunteer to assist victims in Gatlinburg. (Micah Hull)

Photo Courtesy of MTSU’s SGA

Story by Alexis Marshall/ Contributing Writer

Middle Tennessee State University’s Student Government Association partnered with Tennessee Technological University this week to deliver supplies to the victims of the Gatlinburg wildfire.

Dry conditions and high winds caused the fire to spread Monday night. Residents had to evacuate their homes. The fire destroyed about 1,684 structures and have killed up to 14 people.

SGA President Madison Tracy delivered donations Friday morning to the TTU Student Government Vice-President, Miranda Stoltz, who will take the items to shelters in Gatlinburg. Tracy said she learned about this opportunity through Stoltz. The two student government representatives met at a leadership retreat this summer.

“I did not anticipate the number of people who would be donating,” Tracy said. She said she praised faculty and students for taking time out of their study day to help.

MTSU professors, Dr. Warren Gill and Dr. Cliff Ricketts, also asked guests to bring donations for survivors to their retirement party before the supplies were delivered. Gill said he was “thrilled with the response.” According to Gill, they received so many items that he had to take two loads to the SGA office.

Gill also delivered $200 in donated cash to the office to help cover travel expenses for students delivering the supplies to Cookeville.

“I strongly commend MTSU SGA’s efforts, and it is even better that it is a partnership with TTU,” Gill said.

Tracy said she and others spent all day Thursday packing blankets, food and toiletries.

“I am blown away by the heart MTSU has for their neighbors. It’s incredible,” Tracy said. “I’m so thankful to be part of a community that is so caring and thoughtful.”

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1 Comment

  1. rgefall16
    December 6, 2016
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    I think that the turnout of supporters and donations for the aid to the victims of the Gatlinburg wildfires is amazing. It’s incredible that MTSU and TTU were able to come together and give so much to the cause. I am proud to belong to a community that comes together in a time of need like this and give to those who have lost everything. It’s also incredible that Dr. Gill and Dr. Rickets asked their guests at their retirement party to contribute. The generosity of the MTSU community and the city of Murfreesboro is truly amazing. The cash donation along with the item donation will go a long way in helping those people. I hope that we are able to organize another donation drive as amazing as this one and we are able to give as generously. I congratulate the SGA president at MTSU and the SGA vice-president at TTU on organizing this community event. A job well done to all that were involved.

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