Dolly Parton has established a new My People Fund to support those affected by this week’s wildfires that destroyed more than 17,100 acres of East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains where she was raised.
The new charity initiative will fund monthly donations of $1,000 to Sevier County families who lost their homes in the devastation.
In an online video, she said the American Red Cross has done “a wonderful job” in its disaster relief efforts in helping the people of Sevier County.
Starting Friday (Dec. 2), fans can donate directly to the My People Fund through the Dollywood Foundation website.
In a news conference on Thursday (Dec. 1), Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner said, “We’re such a strong community, we’re such a family. Gatlinburg is the people. It’s not the buildings. It’s not the stuff in the house. It’s the people. We’re the strongest community I’ve ever seen. We’re going to come back strong. It’s going to happen.”
According to Knoxville’s WBIR, the wildfires have killed seven people, damaged more than 700 buildings and sent 74 people to Sevierville’s LaConte Medical Center.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has set up a hotline to report missing persons. That number is 1-800-824-3463, or 1-800-TBI-FIND.
CMT’s pro-social initiative, CMT One Country, continues to support the American Red Cross in their efforts to provide disaster relief to those affected by the wildfires. Donate $10 directly to the Red Cross by texting 90999. Volunteer opportunities nationwide are also available through the CMT One Country website.
Parton’s Pure & Simple tour continues Friday (Dec. 2) in Corpus Christi, Texas. Her final show of the year is Dec. 10 in Thackerville, Oklahoma.