“I know it’s been a trying time for my people, and this assistance will help.”

Dolly Parton has always believed that charity starts at home, and as wildfires engulf the Great Smoky Mountains, she’s putting her money where her mouth is—in a big, generous way. Through her “My People Fund” Parton has promised to donate $1,000 a month to Sevier County families who lost their homes.

“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,” Parton said in a video posted to her personal Facebook page. “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,” Parton continued. “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. I know it’s been a trying time for my people, and this assistance will help.”

To contribute to the “My People Fund” please visit DollywoodFoundation.org.