Dolly Parton donates $200K to 8 volunteer fire departments
The award-winning singer created the My People Fund in the aftermath of a 2016 fire that killed 14 people and destroyed 2,500 homes
By FireRescue1 Staff
SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. — Country music singer Dolly Parton donated $200,000 to several volunteer fire department that assisted victims of the 2016 wildfires in Tennessee.
FOX 6 Now reported that Parton, a citizen of Tennessee, created the My People Fund following the wildfire that killed 14 people and destroyed 2,500 homes.
Each volunteer department received $20,000, and $40,000 was donated to the county’s training center.
“It is only fitting that the last of the My People Fund will go to those who were the first to respond to the fires,” Parton said at a ceremony.
In addition to the donations, Parton assisted 880 families displaced from the fires and gave them each $10,000, spread out over a six-month period, Billboard reported.
Parton was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year for the 2019 Grammy Awards.