Dolly Parton Issues Donations To Over 900 Victims Of East Tennessee Wildfires
Dolly Parton has issued monthly checks to 921 victims who lost their homes in the wildfires that roared across Eastern Tennessee last year.
The country music star, who grew up in the area, set up the My People Fund after the devastation of the blaze. Now, the Tennessee native’s fundraising effort will provide $1,000 per month for six months to those who lost their homes in the fire, according to the Associated Press.
Dollywood Foundation President David Dotson said the fund raised about $1 million in the first day and received over 80,000 donations in December and January, enabling them for issue the checks to the victims.
The wildfire hit Gatlinburg, Tennessee on November 28th, claiming the lives of 14 people and destroying several thousand buildings.
Parton was heartbroken after the devastation the fire caused for the community that she grew up in and the families it affected. The country star decided how she planned to help within just two days, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.
Now the “I Will Always Love You” singer is able to help 921 of its victims through her massive fundraising effort.