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Dolly Parton to host telethon for Tennessee wildfire victims

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. — One week after pledging $1,000 per month to families who lost everything in the Tennessee fires, Dolly Parton is again stepping up to give a little extra to those in need.

Parton, who was born in Sevier County, Tennessee, will host a telethon to support the people impacted by the wildfires, according to MusicRow. The event is set for Dec. 13 and will support her “My People Fund.”

“I know there are a lot of great events being planned to help the people of East Tennessee, however, I am planning a telethon to support the ‘My People Fund’ where 100% of the money will help those who lost their homes in the wildfire. I am planning on doing this on Dec. 13th in Nashville, Tennessee,” she said.

She announced on Nov. 30 that the Dollywood Foundation would be giving $1,000 each month for six months to families who were critically affected by the wildfires. She posted a video about the fund on her website.

More than $1 million has been raised for the fund and more donations are coming in, WBIR reports. The Dollywood Foundation President says, “substantially more donations will be require to meet the need.”

More information on the telethon and the participants has yet to be released.