Morristown non-profit loses everything to water pipe burst


MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) A non-profit organization that provides food, clothing and school supplies has lost all of its supplies to a burst water pipe.

The Food on Foot Foundation typically feeds several hundred people on any given week, and provides school supplies for several hundred kids every month. But with last week's cold weather snap, the owners are left wondering how they will move forward.

"It's a mess. Just a mess," Bob and Carolyn Jarnagin said as they sifted through their building.

The Jarnagin's started their non-profit several years ago to help kids get food and school supplies. It has since expanded to help meet the needs of the homeless.

Everything inside their warehouse was destroyed when several pipes burst over the weekend.

There are toys for kids, school supplies, a mattress the Jarnagin's were planning to give to a homeless man and about a hundred blankets for kids.

"It makes you want to cry to think about each child that was going to get one of these blankets," Carolyn said. "Now they're mildewing and sitting in water, and I don't know how we're going to replace all of it."

Carolyn's brother, Jerry Sexton, owns the business attached to the back of the building. He makes lift chairs for the elderly and likely lost all of his product being stored in the warehouse. He hasn't been able to get in to access all the damage yet.

"It's just an empty, sickening feeling. But at the same time, you just have to pull yourself up and know that God is able to take a disaster and turn it into a blessing," Sexton said.

The Jarnagin's were planning to give away hundreds of pairs of socks this weekend to the homeless, but they were all destroyed by the water.

When asked how people can help, Carolyn answered by saying she and her husband could use a hug and an encouraging word as they figure out what to do next.

To get more information about the Food on Food Foundation, or to make a donation, check out their website at tnfoodonfoot.com.


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