Donation box stuffed full at Smoky Mountains National Park

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, Tenn. —  For the 20-plus years Sam and Gail Scott have lived in East Tennessee, they’ve played a game when they visit Cades Cove inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that helps them donate money to the park, KnoxNews reported.

They usually end up slipping a few bills into the donation box at the end of the looped trail.

Tuesday, in the throes of a federal government shutdown that has hampered national parks’ cleanup response across the nation, Sam saw something unusual. When he drove up to the donation box, there was a line of cars and the box was completely full — stuffed with cash.

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Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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