Charity begins at home and is an idea that Dolly Parton is living out in the wake of deadly fires that have ravaged Tennessee.
The country music superstar has launched an effort to help her community in eastern Tennessee by creating a fund through her Dollywood Companies to financially assist the families that lost everything in the fires.
Parton posted a video on her Dollywood Foundation website Wednesday announcing that $1,000 per month for six months would be given to the affected families.
“As you may know by now, there have been terrible wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains, the same mountains where I grew up and where my people call home,” she shared on the Foundation website.
“I have always believed that charity begins at home,” she said in the video, explaining the launch of “My People Fund.”
“We want to provide a hand up to all those families that have lost everything in the fires. To recover, we want to make sure that the Dollywood Foundation provides $1,000 a month to all those families that have lost their homes in the fires until they get back on their feet,” she said.
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) December 1, 2016
Parton’s theme park in Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, was not damaged by the fires that ravaged Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge this week, causing the deaths of seven people and the destruction of hundreds of homes.
Not surprisingly, Parton earned plenty of praise and gratitude for her extremely generous gesture, as can be seen in this sampling of Twitter responses.
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@DollyParton Thank you. You make us in East Tennessee so proud. GOD BLESS YOU
— brandy (@bmbtallent) December 1, 2016
@DollyParton This is why I love you so much! You have such a Giving Heart. My heart breaks for all the families in the Smokies. My 2nd home?
— ALLY❤️?❤️ (@MossClair) December 1, 2016
— Brian Yocono (@BrianYocono) December 1, 2016
After reading what Dolly Parton is doing for fire victims in TN, maybe Trump should make her head of FEMA? https://t.co/wzONGrPoOz
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 1, 2016
Just please understand I believe Dolly Parton is a national treasure and here’s partially why. https://t.co/TlJ7Aoq1Oy
— Leila Rahimi (@leilarahimi) December 1, 2016
.@DollyParton Somehow, I knew you’d do something like this. I wish I’d had a chance to know you. You’re an amazing woman. I’m in. God bless.
— Federalist Westen ن (@TheWesten) December 1, 2016
@DollyParton East TN loves you. So great to see people who don’t forget where they came from.
— Crystal (@HeavnlyAngel76) December 1, 2016
@DollyParton you are an angel ❤?
— Gabi Montero ☀ (@GabyMontero96) December 1, 2016
— Nikki (@Tinynikki) December 1, 2016
why is dolly parton the greatest person ever? https://t.co/5NbpPxkTCy
— J.R. Lind (@jrlind) December 1, 2016