Country music icon Dolly Parton has already pledged to donate $1,000 each month to the families devastated by the wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains. Now, the Tennessee native is taking her charity efforts one step further.
Parton will host a three-hour telethon on December 13 in Nashville to raise money in support of the victims, ABC News reports. Proceeds from the telethon will go directly toward her newly-established My People Fund, which has already raised more than $1 million since it was announced last Nov. 30 on the singer’s Facebook page.
For Parton, the wildfires hit especially close to home. Not only was the Grammy winner born and raised near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, but her Dollywood theme park just barely escaped the blaze. A spokesperson for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said the flames were “right on the doorstep” of Dollywood, but firefighters managed to keep the blaze at bay.
Dollywood Director of Communications Pete Owens says the organization is still working through logistics and will reveal more details about the telethon soon, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, you can help by donating to Parton’s My People Fund at www.dollywoodfoundation.org, or send a check to the Dollywood Foundation, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.