The wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee have been making headlines due to the massive destruction to the forests in the Smoky Mountain National Park and to the tourist town of Gatlinburg. On Nov. 30, Dolly Parton pledged to help people who lost their homes in the fires and said she would release more information on Dec. 2, 2016. Parton’s god-daughter, Miley Cyrus, is joining Parton to help the displaced people of Gatlinburg.
Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton and the acapella group Pentatonix sang “Jolene” on “The Voice” on Nov. 29 and were a trending topic on social media. Attached is the outstanding rendition of the song by the powerhouse singers.
While they were giving a terrific performance, there must have been weightier issues on their minds, because on Nov. 30 Parton announced that she would set up a fund to help people who had lost their houses in the wildfires get back on their feet by giving them $1,000 a month.
Miley Cyrus posted that her Happy Hippies Foundation would be joining with Dolly Parton and her “My People Fund” through the Dollywood Foundation.
The “My People Fund” has already raised over one million dollars in 36 hours, per a Dec. 2, 2016 report on WYFF Greenville.
The Dollywood Foundation website now has instructions on how to apply for assistance and how to donate. Eligible families will be those who have lost their primary residence in the wildfires in Sevier County.
In addition to Miley Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation, supporting partners include: Blalock Companies, CoreCivic, Tanger Outlets, and Verizon.