Hours after the fire destroyed the Dees’ home of 11 years, family friend David Lowrie set up a “Go Fund Me” account to collect donations. Getting the word out through Facebook, the fund easily topped over $3,000 in just four days.
Lowrie says he and Dees have been friends for over 30 years, “I hate to see such an awful thing happen to such a good man and his family.”
Dees, who currently teaches at Grundy County High School and is an assistant coach with both the Junior Jackets and the GCHS baseball team, was a high school and college baseball player. Fortunately, no one was home when the fire broke out, but Dees lost all of his memorabilia from his days as a baseball player.
In an outpouring of support, and showing that rivalry can exist on the field and friendships can be made off the field, other schools in the local area heard about the Dees’ house fire and wanted to aid the family. Notre Dame in Chattanooga alerted Lowrie that they would be donating all of their parking fees to the Dees from their September 12 football game. Silverdale Academy also made a large donation at the end of the Grundy vs. Silverdale football game Friday night.
Tenacity Adventure Fitness notified friends on their Facebook page that they would be donating $10 for each of their Biggest Loser contestants, a contest that started Monday, September 15, and runs through December 15.
“It is overwhelming to those who have responded and helped. I’m truly blessed and at a loss for words. Little or big, it has all been a blessing,” said Dees.
It is not too late to help the Dees. You can donate at www.gofundme.com, participate in The Living Water 5K for the Dees Family, and buy chances to win TN Titans tickets at the GCHS Jackets football game this Friday, September 19.