Dolly Gives Millions To Fire Victims, Then She Reveals Her Plan And The Families Break Down
Cailyn Finkel 5/15/2017
It's no secret that Dolly Parton is one of the most generous people in the music industry. She lives to give back to others and set a positive example!
So when hundreds of people were left homeless after a wildfire tore through her home in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Dolly knew she had to step in....
Without hesitation, Dolly created the "My People Fund" to help those who were displaced or rendered homeless after the vicious fire. The final tally counted 921 people in desperate need of a miracle - and Dolly was ready to provide them with as much as she possibly could!
With her own money and the donations of others, Dolly promised to pay each of the 921 people $1,000 per month to give them a chance to get back on their feet.
But when the time came to pick up their checks the families discovered that instead of receiving $1,000 per month, the checks were actually for $5,000 per month!
Thanks to the overwhelming amount of support due to Dolly's determination, the families got enough money to cover all possible expenses, wants and needs!
Dolly spoke about how much hope the program has given those in need:
"We started the distribution in December right around the longest night of the year and I know it felt dark and lonely for so many. But here we are in spring, a time for renewal and a time for hope. I know the money helps but most of all I want people to know we will always provide you a shoulder to lean on."
In addition to the checks cut this month, the Wildfire Scholarship Fund was launched to give every high school junior and senior in Sevier County $4,500 to go towards college!
Listen to victims of the Tennessee wildfire here.
Dolly's generous nature was able to influence thousands of other people and now all of the families will be able to get back on their feet!
Sources: NPR, dollyparton.com / FB Image Credit: Instagram/Dolly Parton, Flickr/Lotus R