Nonprofit steps up to help families affected by wind damage at Knoxville apartment building

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – As crews continue to repair the 1100 Studio Apartments in Knoxville, a spokesperson for the building’s owner, LHC Capital, LLC, said they’re providing hotel rooms for the displaced people. The spokesperson also said Friday they don’t know when the roof will be repaired, but they were “grateful and blessed no one was hurt.” 

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A hotel is not all the help those residents are seeing. Volunteers for Knoxville Pays It Forward, a nonprofit that aims to help those impacted by tragedies out of their control, spent most of Friday preparing baskets full of cleaning supplies and hygiene products. Kim Cantrell, director of the group, takes pride in being able to help. 

Some of the items in the basket included toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, trash bags, toilet paper, paper towels, fabric softener, and cleaning wipes.

“We don’t know if any of us will ever be in those shoes, so we’re here for our local community. I would hope someone would help us in our time of need like we’re here for them at this moment,” Cantrell said. 

Cantrell said their goal is for the baskets to be delivered within 48 hours of a tragedy, like a fire or weather event. She said the crisis baskets have two to four weeks worth of cleaning supplies and hygiene, because “most places you can get food in Knoxville, but many places you can’t get those kinds of items,” she said. 

Their volunteers hit several Dollar Tree stores in Knoxville to find the supplies for those impacted. During our shoot, Cantrell received a call from the owner of the apartment complex, who she said pledged $2,000 to help. Cantrell said she was told there were 156 displaced families. 

If you want to help, Cantrell says the best way is through a monetary donation. She also said their Facebook has a list of things they need if you’d rather donate items. 

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