PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dolly Parton announced Wednesday a new effort by the Dollywood Company and Dollywood Foundation to help the victims of the wildfires.
The new “My People Fund” will give $1,000 a month to Sevier County families who lost their homes.
Parton made the announcement through the foundation’s website with a video message.
“We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires,” she said. “I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet.”
The first funds will be distributed Dec. 15 to 16 and Dec. 19 to 20 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the CARE MORE Assistance Center at the LeConte Events Center in Pigeon Forge.
One check per household per month will be issued. Families can receive aid for up to six months. All recipients must show a photo ID.
“We are proud to assist Dolly in the creation of the My People Fund,” said Craig Ross, President of The Dollywood Company. “We hope this serves as the first step to rebuilding for the families of the Sevier County community. We send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to everyone affected.”
The announcement comes after officials said over 700 buildings were damaged or destroyed by the wildfire after flames buried areas of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Monday night.