A record drought in the Southeast has led to devastating wildfires, particularly in the Great Smoky Mountains. Now one of the most famous people who has ever called that area home — Dolly Parton — has stepped in to help.
The singer is running the program, designed to help those who have lost everything in the wildfires, through her Dollywood Foundation.
“As you may know by now, there have been terrible wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains, the same mountains where I grew up and where my people call home,” Dolly Parton wrote. “I have always believed that charity begins at home. That’s why I’ve asked my Dollywood companies 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,” Parton’s website continued. “To aid in their recovery effort, the Dollywood Foundation will provide $1,000 a month to all of those families who lost their homes in the fires for six months so that they can get back on their feet.”
Her website added that more information would be forthcoming on Friday.
According to CNN, “at least 14 wildfires burned in and around Gatlinburg” in Tennessee, which is close to Parton’s Dollywood theme park.
NBC News reported that the fires had caused the evacuation of 14,000 people. At least three people have died in the blazes. Gov. Bill Haslam called the disaster “the largest fire in the last 100 years in the state of Tennessee.”
“This is a fire for the history books,” Gatlinburg fire chief Greg Miller said. “The likes of this has never been seen here.”
What’s going on down in Tennessee is a tragedy of cataclysmic proportions. However, Dolly Parton couldn’t be a more amazing person, and what she’s doing for these fire victims is awesome. She deserves our support.
If you’d like to help, you can donate here.
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