Dolly Parton Donates $10,000 To Nearly 900 Victims Of Tennessee Wildfire

Dolly Parton Donates $10,000 To Nearly 900 Victims Of Tennessee Wildfire

NASHVILLE (EON) – Country singer Dolly Parton has given nearly 900 families each after they were forced from their homes by deadly wildfires in Tennessee last year.

The singer-songwriter said the last payments had been made this week to help those affected by the devastating blazes.

The singer said in a statement that the final distribution of checks was made this week to families in Sevier County to help them rebuild. The Country Music Hall of Fame singer started the My People fund after wildfires struck in November, killing 14 people in the Gatlinburg area and destroying or damaging thousands of buildings.

Dolly Parton wildfire victims
Dolly Parton wildfire victims

Now, Parton has announced the creation of the Mountain Tough organization. Dedicated to longterm relief, the organization provides ongoing support for families over the next three years. She promised to fund it with at least $3 million.

Mountain Tough begins June 1 with a focus on low-income families. Case managers identify those who most need support while the community rebuilds after the devastation.

“It makes me feel humble,” Parton told USA Today. She says she’s proud she can help. “But I don’t put myself on any kind of pedestal for doing this,” she adds. “Because it’s the right thing to do.  I’m a Smoky Mountain girl, and I’ve been blessed in my life to become a celebrity. And when you’re in a position to help, you should help.”

“We want to provide a hand up to all those families that have lost everything in the fires,” Parton said in a video urging support posted immediately after the fires. An update posted to her website in mid-December said the Fund had raised over $9 million following a telethon hosted by Parton which featured Kenny Rogers, Chris Stapleton and Cyndi Lauper. Four days later she announced “hundreds” of checks had been distributed.

“We are partnering with the Mountain Tough Recovery Organization, which leaders of Sevier County and the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville formed to address some of the longer-term needs for residents affected by the fire, like housing, employment, and counseling,” she says about the new foundation, which will focus on long-term recovery. “And we’ll get there, because that’s what us mountain folks do.”

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14 thoughts on “Dolly Parton Donates $10,000 To Nearly 900 Victims Of Tennessee Wildfire

  1. Dolly Parton is an American treasure. Her program to provide free books to children across the country is incredible as well. They ship out over a million free books a month to children. Amazing philanthropist.
    EDIT: It’s called Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, in case anyone is interested. And apparently it operates in Canada, Australia, and the UK too.

  2. Such a lovely person, a Christian in the truest sense. She passes no judgement and gives so much. I wish more Christians could follow her example.

  3. My wife and I spent 8 days in Gatlinburg in Feb. we met folks who received her help. We had the opportunity to hear stories of tragedy from those who suffered tremendous loss. We heard stories from folks who literally had to run out of town in the firestorm. We learned what Mountain Strong really is. Dolly really stepped up and showed what we as humans should do for each other.

  4. Proud to be a Southerner with a neighbor like Dolly Parton. Her generosity and open mind are what’s best about all of America.

  5. She calls herself a backwoods Barbie; she is a backwoods angel! She is leading by example! Thank you Ms Parton for your kindness

  6. She also has a free book program for every child in America until they turn 5. My sons daycare singed every child up for the program and we now have 10 classic children’s books we would not otherwise have. Dolly is a hero and a treasure.

  7. pefully she gave the US Forestry agency some harsh words to get them to do their job and cut more trees, make healthy young forests, and prevent future fires while supporting wildlife.

  8. This wonderful Lady has never forgotten her roots. She has been the Hand of God extended to her brothers and sisters in poverty. May God continue to bless Dolly Parton!

  9. You won’t see many multi millionaires who come from humble beginnings donate to the needy . Well done Dolly Parton . A true human being who hasn’t forgotten her roots or where she came from .

  10. You’ve got to pay attention to what you’re attracted to, because as you hold images of what you want, you’re going to be attracted to things and they’re going to be attracted to you. But it literally moves into physical reality with and through you. And it does that by law

  11. Those poor people went without homes for 9 months while she was just procrastinating? Work ethic in this country is not what it once was.

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    I can just tell she has a heart of gold.she was raised poor and she knows what it is like,she wasn’t born rich.I don’t think being rich has gone to her head.

  13. Dolly Parton is a heroine! Now if some of those NBA millionaires, filthy rich movie stars, Shaq, Tiger, Bryce, Trout…and others made rich by the ‘little people’ would join this bandwagon…and let’s not forget the Democratic Party (hey, I’m a Democrat) that continually and incessantly …begs for money from people with far less than those doing the begging…America Could Be Great Again…and if the ugliness of our country personified by the NRA…would sell there guns…and contribute…wow…we could be proud again…ain’t gonna happen…greed reigns…

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