Dolly Parton has announced the creation of an incredible foundation aimed at helping families who have been left homeless after the devastating Tennessee wildfires. Parton’s My People Fund is pledging to give $1,000 a month to displaced families! Assistance will be provided for six months or until families can get back on their feet.
Parton was born and raised in Sevier County, Tenn. Fires in the area have destroyed over 700 structures and taken the lives of seven people. Parton owns and operates a chain of Dollywood attractions in the county, all of which will take part in monetarily supporting the My People Fund.
Parton announced the wildfire fund in a video on her Dollywood Foundation page on Nov. 30.
Parton’s big news came on the same night as the premiere of her new, semi-biographical TV movie, Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. And just two night earlier, she gave a pair of amazing performances on The Voice stage.
The 70-year-old country icon may be busy, but she’s always believed in charity and helping the people of East Tennessee. “I know it’s been a trying time for my people, and this assistance will help,” she said in her statement. “Thank you for your help, continued prayers and your concern.”
As for the wildfires, Gatlinburg and surrounding areas will soon begin the recovery process. They have received over 24 much-needed hours of rain.