Macon County Chronicle

The AMVETS Riders Lend Helping Hand

AMVets Riders, Chapter 7The AMVETS (American Veterans) Riders, Chapter 7, in Morristown, Tennessee (Hamblem County),  began collecting food, baby items, furniture, clothing, dishes, personal items, dishes, medical supplies and furniture donations soon after tornados devastated Middle Tennessee last month.

And after filling a 53-foot trailer, also donated to the group, the AMVETS made the trip to Macon County on Saturday, March 1, to help give back to tornado victims who lost everything.

AMVETS Rider Jason Anders, who coordinated the project, was first contacted by Melanie Kimbrough, who presented the idea to him. Anders came up with the project slogan; “What would you do, if it happened to you?”s

Riders, along with Kimbrough’s support, then began putting up flyers in the area and calling citizens in Hamblem County to ask for their support.

“We wanted to help our fellow neighbors,” Anders said.

The community of Hamblem County agreed, and after a trailer was donated by Jerry Malone of MDS Trucking in Hamblem County, residents were quick to fill it with items they felt would help Macon County tornado victims.

“We are really glad we could hep our fellow neighbors,” said AMVETS Chapter 7 president Pete “Pop” Fortin. “Our AMVETS and AMVET Rider Veterans supporters are honored to be here and help.”