Parts of the panhandle continue to rebuild after wildfires

AMARILLO, Texas - This year's wildfires continue to take a toll in some parts of the panhandle.

Shari and Tommy Gunn's home was destroyed by a wildfire in February. They are trying to build a new home now, but they put their plans on pause in September when Tommy was diagnosed with cancer. They are making progress but still have a long way to go.

"Well our house, right now, is basically a shell..." Shari Gunn said, "We need help with the electrical and plumbing and insulation, everything."

Some non-profits are feeling their share of struggles, too. The Salvation Army spent more than $100,000 assisting with the wild fires this year. Now it is scrambling to make Christmas happen but says its Christmas Kettle and Angel Tree programs are lacking in funds.

Major Tim Grider says this year the Salvation Army may not be able to fill all of the requests for its Angel Tree program.

"This year, we may also have to say no," Grider said. "With these remaining days, we'll see."

During this season of giving, The Salvation Army and the Gunns could really use the community's help. Some links to make a donation to them are provided below.