Dolly Parton announced Wednesday a new effort by the Dollywood Company and Dollywood Foundation to help the victims of the wildfires.
The new “My People Fund” will give $1,000 a month to Sevier County families who lost their homes.
“We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires,” she said. “I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet.”
Anyone who would like to contribute to the My People Fund may visit DollywoodFoundation.org.
More information on the program will be released on Friday, Dec. 2.
The statement on the website read, in full:
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.
The announcement comes after officials said over 700 buildings were damaged or destroyed by the wildfire after flames buried areas of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Monday night.
Seven people have died, and some families are struggling to find their loved ones.