GATLINBURG, Tenn. — The Dollywood Foundation has released more information about the “My People Fund” which is set to make a big impact on the families who lost everything during the wildfires in East Tennessee.
“On the night of Nov. 28, 2016, terrible wildfires affected the Great Smoky Mountains around Gatlinburg, TN where I grew up,” Dolly Parton wrote on the website. “The firefighters, first responders, the Red Cross and many other organizations have done an incredible job in their emergency response efforts. Now as we look to the future, there are a lot of families who will need our help rebuilding and restoring their lives and the beautiful land we all call home.
I’ve always believed charity begins at home and that’s why I’ve asked my companies to help me establish a fund to assist the victims of the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires in Tennessee.”
According to the website, anyone (homeowners or renters) whose home is a complete loss or uninhabitable due to the fires are encouraged to apply for the “My People Fund.”
Once selected, those families will receive $1,000 a month for six months.
For those who would like to help the fires victims, you can donate online to the “My People Fund.”