Dolly Parton’s efforts to help families who’ve lost their homes from the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires has not gone unnoticed.
Dolly Parton’s efforts to help families who’ve lost their homes from the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee has not gone unnoticed.
Parton is hosting the Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon next Tuesday (Dec. 13), and it’s off to a blazing start.
She’s utilizing fellow country music icons for help. Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss and Kenny Rogers are all scheduled to perform, as is Parton herself.
The Academy of Country Music was so inspired by Parton’s heroic cause, they donated $100,000. Once Taylor Swift caught wind of the initiative, she offered to match that, bringing the donation to a whopping $200,000 in additional support.
Parton’s objective is to donate $1,000 a month for six months to families who’ve lost their homes.
Uncontainable wildfires have damaged more than 2,400 buildings and claimed 14 lives, Rolling Stone reports.
“I’ve always believed charity begins at home,” she wrote on the fund’s website DollywoodFoundation.org. “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.”
“My home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is some place special,” Parton said. “Wildfires have affected many of the people—my people—who live in those beautiful mountains. We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet.”
Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund will air live December 13th at 8:00 p.m. ET on GAC.