Tragedy struck Jackson County early Monday morning when a fire destroyed Dock B at the Jackson County Park. The fire killed eight people and displaced many others. Since then, several locally owned businesses around Scottsboro have stepped up to lend a helping hand to those in need.

KC’s BBQ has served as the headquarters for first responders, law enforcement and cleanup crews all week.

“Everyone is in that frame of mind where you want to help somebody. You don’t really know what to do. You just try to utilize what you have to do what you can for everybody,” said KC’s BBQ owner Kasey Sanders. “It’s not just about us. It’s about the victims and their families and the first responders who have played a big role.”

The restaurant has been closed to the public, but it is still serving food, free of charge, to workers, media, first responders and anyone else at the scene.  

“What else can we do? We can’t open for business, so we decided to help as much as we can. These people need it,” said Sanders.

Sanders said that businesses from all over Scottsboro have brought things to his restaurant to help. Jack’s and Hardee’s have brought breakfast for those on the scene. Marco’s Pizza brought several pizzas to feed first responders and victims. The Variety Bake Shop brought boxes of baked goods. The Banana Box also brought several things to KC’s to help out. Kona Ice has been around to help as well. Coca-Cola and Pepsi brought drinks to the restaurant.

Several other local businesses have offered services to first responders and victims. Jefferson’s offered free meals to first responders, fire fighters, police officers and displaced individuals and families.

Patrick’s Meat Market offered first responders and rescue squad members 10% off their total purchase this week. Geno’s Pizza and Grill also offered free meals to victims and first responders. Pine Brothers Coffee Company offered free coffee or drink of choice to displaced families and first responders.

First National Bank opened an account to assist in disaster relief and to assist impacted families. To donate, visit any FNB office and reference “Jackson County Park Disaster Relief Fund.”

“Everyone is opening their doors to these people, and that’s what it’s all about living in a small town,” said Sanders.

Sanders said several Jackson County citizens have brought donations to the restaurant in an effort to help out the community.

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