Dolly Parton is a ubiquitous presence in the town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and the legendary country star has gone to great lengths to assist the victims of the recent wildfires which have devastated the State.
It was announced on Wednesday that Dolly Parton would be introducing a new effort on behalf of the Dollywood Company and Dollywood Foundation to help the victims of the wildfires.
A statement was issued on the star’s website, which explained why she was making the move to help the people in her community.
“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.
I have always believed that charity begins at home. 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. 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.”
Anyone who would like to contribute to the My People Fund may visit DollywoodFoundation.org.
Reports from officials said over 700 buildings were damaged or destroyed by the wildfire after flames buried areas of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge which was deliberately started on Monday night.