Some Gatlinburg restaurants stayed open on Christmas day, feeding customers who are still without permanent homes after wildfires swept through Sevier County and damaged 2,400 buildings.
At the Crystelle Creek Restaurant and Grill, several servers volunteered to work through the holiday. Some employees were especially motivated after wildfires displaced one of their own coworkers.
"I've lived everywhere, being a musician. I've been all around the country, and these people -- when the fire got me -- really restored my faith in humans,” said waiter Ben Stroupe.
Stroupe lost more than just his Ski Mountain home to the fires. As a musician, many his most prized possessions were also destroyed, including 52 of his guitars, several studio recordings, and songs he had written and recorded as early as the 1970s.