Dolly Parton says her foundation will offer "a hand up" to fire victims
GATLINBURG, Tenn. - Dolly Parton announced late Wednesday that, through her foundation, every family who lost their home in the deadly wildfires in the Smoky Mountain hamlet of Gatlinburg would receive $1,000 per month for up to six months while they recover.
"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," the country music legend said in a video posted to her Facebook page.
"I have always believed that charity begins at home. That's why I've asked my Dollywood Companies 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."