East Tennessee charity loses donations to water damage

East Tennessee charity loses donations to water damage

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A local charity is reeling after all of their donations are ruined. A local charity is reeling after all of their donations are ruined.
Carolyn and Bobby Jarnigan say the contents of the storage building are a total loss. Carolyn and Bobby Jarnigan say the contents of the storage building are a total loss.
Tennessee Food on Foot in Morristown suffered massive damage to their facility after freezing temperatures caused water pipes in their storage building to burst. Tennessee Food on Foot in Morristown suffered massive damage to their facility after freezing temperatures caused water pipes in their storage building to burst.
Many of the ruined items were Valentines gifts they had gathered to give to children for the holiday in February. Many of the ruined items were Valentines gifts they had gathered to give to children for the holiday in February.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A local charity is reeling after all of their donations are ruined.           

Tennessee Food on Foot in Morristown suffered massive damage to their facility after freezing temperatures caused water pipes in their storage building to burst.      

They gave us a tour of the damage Sunday afternoon. Although most of the water is now cleaned up, Carolyn and Bobby Jarnigan say the contents of the storage building are a total loss.

The pair started Food on Foot seven years ago to feed hungry children in the area, but it has grown to provide kids with everything from school supplies to holiday treats.

Many of the ruined items were Valentines gifts they had gathered to give to children for the holiday in February.

The organization gave away 1,500 backpacks filled with school supplies in August and hundreds of Easter baskets filled with candy and toys last March.

Jarnigan says she's had children up to the age of 10 say they've never had an Easter basket and they are doing their part to lower that number to zero.

Their next giveaway was scheduled in February for Valentines, but they believe all of those donations are a total loss.

The Jarnigans say this is a heart-breaking situation.

"I'm devastated for all those people who have helped us get this stuff and I'm devastated for the children," Carolyn said.  

The Jarnigans say they believe God, their volunteers and the community will help them through.

If you'd like to volunteer for Tennessee Food on Foot or make a donation, you can call them at (865) 566-5778.

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