Gatlinburg church damaged by fire gives to others in need

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) – A church damaged by a wildfire in Gatlinburg continued to hold an annual dinner for those in need despite many of its members losing their homes and possessions.

The Tennessean reports Banner Baptist Church lost its youth building in a wildfire last month that killed 14 people and burned more than 2,400 buildings in the surrounding area. Twenty-four families in the church also lost their homes.

The church held a Christmas party for clients of a nonprofit agency that serves the developmentally disabled. And the week before Christmas, the church continued its traditional Meal for Many, a 17-year tradition offering a meal to anyone who wants to come.

Church pastor the Rev. Pete Lamon said church members made sure the ministries would continue despite the fire.

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