Dollywood to give $1,000 per month to families who lost everything in wildfire

Dolly Parton performs in concert during her “Pure & Simple Tour” at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Dolly Parton performs in concert during her “Pure & Simple Tour” at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WATE) – Dolly Parton’s The Dollywood Foundation announced Wednesday it would be giving $1,000 per month for six months to families who lost everything in the wildfires.

Parton issued a statement on the foundation’s website saying she was starting the “My People Fund” to help provide a hand up to families affected by the fires.

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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 site also provided a donation link and said more information will be forthcoming on Friday.