The Wonderful Way Dolly Parton Is Helping The Victims Of The Tennessee Wildfires

"I've always believed that charity begins at home."

This week's wildfires in and around Gatlinburg, Tenn., have damaged hundreds of buildings and left at least seven people dead, with others missing. Now music legend Dolly Parton, who grew up in the area and whose nearby theme park Dollywood was spared from damage, is vowing to do her part to help those affected by the devastation.

"I've always believed that charity begins at home," Parton said in a video statement on Wednesday. She went on to explain that she has asked her companies and the Dollywood Foundation to establish the My People Fund, which will provide $1,000 a month for six months to families who lost their homes in the fires.

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Parton encouraged fans to contribute to the effort by visiting the Dollywood Foundation website, where more information will be available this Friday. "Thank you for your help, continued prayers, and your concern," she said, "and I hope you'll soon visit our Tennessee mountains, and experience the Tennessee spirit."

The singer also released a statement on Tuesday saying she was "heartbroken" over the fires. "I am praying for all the families affected by the fire and the firefighters who are working so hard to keep everyone safe," she said. "It is a blessing that my Dollywood theme park, the DreamMore Resort and so many businesses in Pigeon Forge have been spared."

Guests at Dollywood were evacuated earlier this week and the park will reopen on Friday.

(H/T: Mashable)

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