Jim Thome joins Cleveland-area nonprofit to help victims of Tennessee wildfires

(Thome family photo)

CLEVELAND– Cleveland Indians legend Jim Thome and his wife Andrea are teaming up with a nonprofit to help victims of the devastating wildfires around Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The fires have killed 14 people and injured dozens more while destroying hundreds of buildings around the tourist destination.

The Thomes plan to personally deliver handmade comfort quilts from Mission of Love. The organization frequently provides quilts to those affected by natural disasters.

(Thome family photo)

(Thome family photo)

Andrea Thome recently wrote a book called “Walland,” set in the Tennesee town of the same name. The area is extremely special to the Thome family so she decided to donate all her December sales from the book to fire relief efforts.

Jim and Andrea Thome are donating an additional $10,000. The couple announced on Tuesday they will also match donations made by Dec. 15 to their Hit Two Foundation up to $20,000.

To donate, make checks payable to Hit Two Foundatation and mail to:

Hit Two Foundation
C/O Calfee, Halter and Griswold
ATTN: Marcia Wexberg
1405 East Sixth Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Continuing coverage of the Gatlinburg wildfires here