Reese Witherspoon, Bruce Pearl, others ask for prayer for Gatlinburg wildfires

WBIR photojournalist Brian Holt shows the extent of damage in Gatlinburg from a wildfire that destroyed hundreds of buildings. (11/29/16)

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. -- Several celebrities, some who are from the East Tennessee area, expressed concern and asked for prayers for Gatlinburg as a historic wildfire burned in the town Monday night and continues to burn on Tuesday.

On Monday night, Oak Ridge native and actress Elaine Hendrix said on Twitter "Oh, my beloved East Tennessee. Smoky Mountains. Appalachians. I'm so sorry."

 

 

Tuesday morning, Hendrix sent out another tweet saying that she is "sending so much love and light to my beloved Great Smoky Mountains" and posted another tweet with a video requesting that people donate money to the East Tennessee Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, Friends of the Smokies and the Red Cross.

"One to help animals, one to help the park and one to help people," said Hendrix in the video. "The Great Smoky Mountains is the No. 1 visited national park in in our country."

"It is so beautiful," added Hendrix while trying not to cry. "And they're going to need our help for some time to come. So please give as generously as you can and have a beautiful holiday season."

 

 

Actress Reese Witherspoon offered her prayers for Gatlinburg, according to a tweet she posted Monday night.

 

 

Country singer Dolly Parton also released a statement of her own on her Facebook page Tuesday saying that she was "heartbroken" over the fires in the Great Smoky Mountains, but called it a blessing that businesses in Pigeon Forge, including her theme park, were spared severe damage.

Former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl asked his followers on Twitter Tuesday morning to pray for Gatlinburg. "One of our countries(sic) most beautiful places #Gatlinburg is on fire," Pearl's tweet read. "Please pray for rain, calm wind and no loss of life. Lord hear our prayer."

 

 

President-elect Donald Trump said his thoughts and prayers were with the people of Tennessee on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

 

 

Knoxville singer Jacob Whitesides said he was praying for Gatlinburg and asked his fanbase to send their love to the town.

 

 

Knoxville native and "The Voice" runnerup Emily Ann Roberts said she was praying for Gatlinburg and asked her followers to pray for rain.

 

 

PHOTOS | Wildfire spreads to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge


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