As Tennessee residents begin to cope with the aftermath of devastating wildfires, Kenny Chesney is urging country fans to lend a hand.
The Knoxville, Tenn. native shared his thoughts on the tragedy through a Facebook Live stream earlier this week.
“I just want to say to everybody in east Tennessee and to everybody back where I come from in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, that I am thinking about you and I’m loving you really hard right now,” Chesney says. “East Tennessee is my heart and my soul, and how I grew up. And I realize now that everybody over there is hurting. I want you to know that you’re in my thoughts and in my prayers and along with a lot of other people’s help, we’re going to try everything we can to try and make this better.”
You can see his full video message below.
Fourteen people died as a result of the wildfires in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. area. Dolly Parton’s beloved theme park Dollywood was forced to evacuate their resort and cabins due to the erratic flames nearby.
According to CNN, 1,600 structures were burned across Sevier County. Those who would like to donate to recovery efforts can do so by contacting the Red Cross or Dolly Parton’s newly-founded My People Fund.