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The Lord's Child collecting donations for Isaac victims
The Lord's Child collecting donations for Isaac victims

For the next three days, a Sevier County non-profit is collecting water and non-perishable food items for victims of Tropical Storm Isaac.

The Lord's Child will be stationed with a tractor trailer at three area Walmart stores: Sevierville, Turkey Creek, and East Towne. They hope to fill them up to take to Louisiana in the next few days.

One of the organizers, Eric Lambert, has a personal connection to the supplies' destination.

Born and raised in Plaquemines Parish, Lambert still has family there.

"Even though I've lived in East Tennessee for 20 years and love it, it's [Louisiana] still a very big part of my life," Lambert, who now lives in Sevierville, said.

It's difficult for him to see Isaac pound his hometown again, just like Katrina did seven years ago.

"During Katrina, my family knew it was a category five storm and they all came up here. So they were safe immediately. Unfortunately no one expected this category one storm to linger as long as it has over the city so quite a few of them are still there and they are trapped there," he said.

His family lived in a home he owned in Pigeon Forge for six months after Katrina. Judging from the flooding, he thinks they be back for good after Isaac.

With his family stuck in the storm, he wanted to do something to help.

That's one reason why he pitched in to help with the Lord's Child drive.

"It's one thing to get involved in a charitable or community service organization, it's a whole different world when it becomes your family that got hit and your family that needs help," he said.

For more information about The Lord's Child, visit their website www.thelordschild.com.

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