Dolly Parton has offered to pay $1,000 a month to families who lost their homes to the infamous Gatlinburg wildfires.
Parton, a native of Sevier County, said Dollywood and other companies she owns in the area “want to provide a hand up to all those families that have lost everything in the fires and to recover.”
“I’ve always believed that charity begins at home,” Parton said Wednesday night, which you can watch in the above video.
The fires forced over 14,000 people out of their homes and over 1,200 into shelters. Parton said she would like to help the families until they’re able to “get back on their feet.”
“I know its been a trying time for my people, and this assistance will help,” Parton said. Beginning Friday, you can join our efforts to recover from these deadly fires by visiting Dollywoodfoundation.org. Thank you for your continued help, prayers and your concern.”
Dollywood was threatened by the fires, but in the end was saved. See photos of the close call and devastation below: