WATCH: Dolly Parton Donates $200,000 to Volunteer Fire Departments Who Fought the 2016 Great Smoky Mountains Wildfires
The country legend gives back to the true Sevierville saviors.
Dolly Parton has made it a priority to help those in the Great Smoky Mountains following the devastation of the 2016 wildfires. Not only did she put on a telethon which raised around $9 million, but she also pledged to donate $1,000 each month to Tennessee families who lost their homes for six month following the wildfires. (Thanks to an influx of donations, families wound up getting $10,000 in financial help.)
Now, the Queen of Country has made another incredible gesture through The Dollywood Foundation's My People Fund — a $200,000 donation to eight Sevier County volunteer fire departments and the training center in Sevier County. Parton made the announcement on her website Monday, sharing that "[it] is only fitting that the last of the My People Fund will go to those who were the first to respond to the fires."
Each local volunteer fire department received $20,000 and $40,000 was given to teh area training center. Tim Baker, Chief of Waldens Creek Volunteer Fire Department and current President of the Sevier County Fire Chiefs Association said in the press release, "We are so thankful for this donation to all of the fire departments and for our training center," adding that Waldens Creek would use part of the money to buy gear and replace the firehouse's roof. The money designated for the training center will fund the creation of a new classroom.
Read the full announcement here.
One great way to help Dolly's hometown area? Plan a trip to the Smokies — your dollars and tourism in the region can help this beloved part of the country recover and thrive.