As the fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding areas continue to wreak havoc on nearby communities, Dolly Parton has launched a foundation fund to assist the victims suffering from this horrific destruction. The My People Fund, established by Parton, The Dollywood Company and The Dollywood Foundation, will provide $1,000 each month to the families in Sevier County who lost their homes from the massive fires.

“I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is some place special,” Parton explained. “That’s why I’ve asked my Dollywood Companies—including the Dollywood theme park, and DreamMore Resort; my dinner theater attractions including Dixie Stampede and Lumberjack Adventure; and my Dollywood Foundation—to help me establish the My People Fund.”

“We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet.”

Contributions to the My People Fund can be made at

Additional details and information about the fund are expected to be released on Friday, December 2.