Message from TPTA Membership Chair - Steven Spinks
Monday, December 5, 2016
Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants of Tennessee,
It is unfortunate that our communication comes in such a time of disaster and need.
However, the nature of our profession and the strength of compassion resonates within our
ranks, and I am certain that with our collaborative efforts we can affect a change in those men
and women who have placed their lives on the line to help put a stop to these violent fires along
eastern Tennessee. We have seen an amazing effort from the service men and women from
across the United States come together to help out our communities.
At this current time, there are numerous donation sites where you are able to support the
local crews fighting day and night to stave off the fires. Upon speaking to officials in the east
Tennessee counties, it may be more beneficial to direct our support to one source and let the
officials disperse the donations to the appropriate channels. We have looked over some options
and have found the most suitable agency to be responsible for donations. This does not mean
you are unable to send donations via other means, but we are looking to help funnel any
donations to one source to better distribute the funds. The American Red Cross is accepting
donations for evacuees and first responders for the Sevier County fires.
You are able to make a quick monetary donation of $10.00 through your cell phone (billed to
your cellular provider) by texting “ REDCROSS ” to 90999 . You are also able to make donations
directly through the American Red Cross website ( https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation ). For those of you with loved ones in the area, you may search for those who have listed themselves as safe and evacuated at https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php .
If you have any questions, comments, or other ideas that may further our assistance to our
fellow citizens, please do not hesitate to let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are strong as one
solid unit and must come together to help those around us - even if they aren’t patients!
Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of those who have been affected
by these fires, including those assisting.
Steven E. Spinks, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT
Membership Chair, Tennessee Physical Therapy Association