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Volunteers wash firefighter's clothes to say thank you

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SODDY DAISY, TN (WRCB) -

The community support has been phenomenal-- People donating food, supplies as well as water and Gatorade to firefighters working the three major fires in Hamilton County. 

One church is helping in a unique way, donating their time and resources making sure forestry crews have fresh laundry. 

During a time where many remember their blessings, the Scenic City is thankful for a lot. 

"We just want to help in what way we can," Joe Caldwell said. 

Wildfires have scorched hundreds of acres in the Tennessee Valley but firefighters from across the country have saved dozens of homes. 

"I little bit of comfort goes a long way whenever you put yourself out," Caldwell added. 

This laundry trailer is usually used during disasters. 

Oak Street Baptist Church is using it to say thank you to firefighters by washing and drying their clothes for free. 

"We wanted to do what we could and this was available to us. We knew we had it and we just knew we could utilize it for them," Caldwell, who is the pastor at Oak Street Baptist said.

Crews drop their clothes off in the morning. Volunteers wash, dry and fold the clothes while they work. 

Julie Allen with the Florida Forest Service said they're used to seeing communities come together in times of need but never in this way. 

"Who doesn't like clean clothes when you've been working so hard. We are so very grateful for that resource," Allen added. 

The unit will be at the Soddy Daisy command center for as long as it's needed. 

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