Saying ‘Charity begins at home,’ Dolly Parton vowed to give $6,000 to every family who lost their home in wildfires which hit her hometown in Tennessee. So far, 400 homes have been destroyed, seven people have died and 53 injured in the fast-moving fires.
In a statement released on her foundation’s website, Parton, 70, said: ‘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.
‘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.’