Dolly Parton Announces ‘My People Fund’ to Aid Wildfire Victims
As a devoted native to East Tennessee, Dolly Parton has decided to give back her fellow citizens of the area by announcing the creation of the My People Fund to help aid those affected by the devastating wildfires.
The fires, which began blazing through Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and surrounding towns earlier this week, have caused thousands of people to evacuate the area and lead to a reported seven deaths as well as the destruction of hundreds of buildings and homes. Parton saw the devastation raging over Sevier County and decided to put her Dollywood companies together in order to fund the aid of families who lost their homes and businesses in the wildfires.
“The Red Cross has done a wonderful job with their emergency response efforts in helping the people of Sevier County after these wildfires. The support, as always, has been overwhelming. Now I’ve always believed that charity begins at home and that’s why I’ve asked my Dollywood companies…to help me establish a ‘My People Fund.’ Now we want to provide a hand-up to all those families that have lost everything in the fires,” she explained in a short clip posted throughout social media regarding the wildfires.
The My People Fund will give $1,000 a month to those victims who were left with nothing after the spread of the fire throughout the Great Smoky Mountains region in order to recover quickly from their tragic losses.
“We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet,” Parton confirmed.
The Dollywood Foundation is encouraging and accepting donations for the fund as of now and those who want to donate can visit The Dollywood Foundation website.