Tennessee teen donates paycheck to fire victims


CHUCKEY, TN (WJHL) – Since the Tennessee wildfires, hundreds of people across the Tri-Cities have gathered donations for those in need including teenagers.

The minute 16-year-old Shyanne Pressley heard about the wildfires, she knew she had to help.

“It just broke my heart,” Pressley said.

She put together two of her paychecks working at Aeropostale to buy around $300 worth of supplies.

“I just wanted to do it because it makes me feel good to help people and I love giving and that’s what Christmas is about, is giving,” Pressley said.

In the spirit of giving she decided to not spend money on herself but to help the hundreds of people displaced by the deadly fires.

“My parents have always told me giving is better than receiving and so that’s why I did it,” Pressley said.

Her family said they couldn’t be more proud.

“I’m one proud grandmother, she’s made me so proud and she’s such a sweet girl, and has a giving heart,” her grandmother said.

Her dad said when he was her age he spent his money in other ways.

“When I was sixteen I was putting my paycheck in cars and clothes and stuff for me I wasn’t thinking of other people,” her dad, John Pressley said.

The minute our interview was over the Pressley family made their way to Gatlinburg, they sent us photos of Shyanne as she volunteered at a donation center.

Before they went to Gatlinburg she told us she hopes to inspire others to do the same at her young age.

“I’m 16 and I want other people my age to do this stuff too and for them to help and give instead of receive. I just felt like giving it to people for Christmas, it’s just what they needed,” Shyanne Pressley said.

The Pressley family tells us they plan to bring another round of supplies on Christmas, especially toys for the children displaced in the fires.

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