SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. -- Several celebrities, some who are from the East Tennessee area, expressed concern and asked for prayers for Gatlinburg as a historic wildfire burned in the town Monday night and continues to burn on Tuesday.
On Monday night, Oak Ridge native and actress Elaine Hendrix said on Twitter "Oh, my beloved East Tennessee. Smoky Mountains. Appalachians. I'm so sorry."
Oh, my beloved East Tennessee. Smokey Mountains. Appalachians. I'm so sorry. 😢— Elaine Hendrix (@elaine4animals) November 29, 2016
Tuesday morning, Hendrix sent out another tweet saying that she is "sending so much love and light to my beloved Great Smoky Mountains" and posted another tweet with a video requesting that people donate money to the East Tennessee Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, Friends of the Smokies and the Red Cross.
"One to help animals, one to help the park and one to help people," said Hendrix in the video. "The Great Smoky Mountains is the No. 1 visited national park in in our country."
"It is so beautiful," added Hendrix while trying not to cry. "And they're going to need our help for some time to come. So please give as generously as you can and have a beautiful holiday season."
Actress Reese Witherspoon offered her prayers for Gatlinburg, according to a tweet she posted Monday night.
Country singer Dolly Parton also released a statement of her own on her Facebook page Tuesday saying that she was "heartbroken" over the fires in the Great Smoky Mountains, but called it a blessing that businesses in Pigeon Forge, including her theme park, were spared severe damage.
Former Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl asked his followers on Twitter Tuesday morning to pray for Gatlinburg. "One of our countries(sic) most beautiful places #Gatlinburg is on fire," Pearl's tweet read. "Please pray for rain, calm wind and no loss of life. Lord hear our prayer."
One of our countries most beautiful places #Gatlinburg is on fire! Please pray for rain, calm wind and no loss of life. Lord here our prayer— Bruce Pearl (@coachbrucepearl) November 29, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump said his thoughts and prayers were with the people of Tennessee on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.
My thoughts and prayers are with the great people of Tennessee during these terrible wildfires. Stay safe!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
Knoxville singer Jacob Whitesides said he was praying for Gatlinburg and asked his fanbase to send their love to the town.
Praying for Gatlinburg 😭 please send all the love!!!— jacob whitesides? (@JacobWhitesides) November 29, 2016
Knoxville native and "The Voice" runnerup Emily Ann Roberts said she was praying for Gatlinburg and asked her followers to pray for rain.
Pray for Gatlinburg y'all #PrayForRain— Emily Ann (@emilyann_music) November 29, 2016