PIGEON FORGE - Dolly Parton is planning to turn over $3 million from the 'My People Fund' to the Mountain Tough Fund to ensure wildfire victims keep getting the help they need.
East Tennessee's favorite daughter made the announcement Friday morning while in town for the annual Dolly Parton homecoming celebration and to debut her new dinner show.
She explained that they had no idea how much money would be raised through donations and the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon.
Even after giving $10,000 to hundreds of families who lost their homes in the wildfires, there is still at least $3 million left in the fund. That money will be turned over to the Mountain Tough Fund, who will "pick up where we left off," Parton explained.
She added that over the next two to three years, that money will help pay for things wildfire victims might not think about including injuries, transportation to work, and more.
"We’re really pleased to partner with Mountain Tough on this endeavor," Dollywood Foundation President David Dotson said. "We’ll have at least $3 million, and honestly money is still coming in."
"Our folks have come a long way, but for many there's a long way to go," Dotson added.
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