We've always known that Dolly Parton is as generous as she is kind, and a new announcement made by the multi-talented star is proof that she is as good as gold.
Dolly released a video message Wednesday evening (November 30) pledging her support to every family affected by the wildfires that have ravaged East Tennessee in recent days. With the help of Dolly's companies, the singer has set up the My People Fund to provide $1000 each month to Sevier County, Tennessee, families who lost their homes.
“I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is some place special,” Parton explained. “That’s why I’ve asked my Dollywood Companies—including the Dollywood theme park, and DreamMore Resort; my dinner theater attractions including Dixie Stampede and Lumberjack Adventure; and my Dollywood Foundation—to help me establish the My People Fund.
“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.”
Dolly Parton was born and raised in the mountains that have been affected by the fire and still considers Pigeon Forge her home. Roughly 15,000 acres in an around the resort communities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have burned, including nearly 700 structures that include homes, hotels, vacation cabins, and other businesses. Fortunately, none of Dolly Parton's properties in the area were lost, although her Dollywood theme park suspended operations temporarily.
Beginning Friday (December 2), you can join forces with Dolly Parton to provide funds to families who have lost their homes by visiting dollywoodfoundation.org and donating to Dolly's My People Fund.
Watch Dolly's official video announcement regarding the My People Fund below.
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