Dolly Parton’s generosity continues with telethon for Tennessee fire victims

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On top of Dolly Parton’s pledge to donate $1,000 a month to families who lost their homes in a destructive wildfire near the Great Smoky Mountains last week, the country singer is now hosting a telethon.

The event is set for Dec. 13 in Nashville, Dollywood spokesman Pete Owns confirmed to Mashable.

The additional fundraiser comes less than a week after Parton announced in a video that her Dollywood Foundation had set up the My People Fund, which will provide $1,000 each month for up to six months to families who lost their homes in the wildfires.  Read more…

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Harrowing image of melted car shows devastation of Tennessee wildfires

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The town of Gatlinburg, Tenn., is just coming to grips with the wildfires that left at least 10 people dead.

Officials said about 75 people were injured, and recovery efforts are currently focusing on searching for more survivors, the Associated Press reported. A full day of rain helped settle the blaze by Thursday morning, revealing a heartbreaking path of debris and destruction. 

The sheer heat of the flames was made all the more real by photographs capturing the aftermath. One image shows the empty shell of a car, its tires gone, aluminum hubcaps melted and metal dripping away from the vehicle. Read more…

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Dolly Parton is donating $1,000 a month to fire victims in Tennessee

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Dolly Parton is a national treasure. 

The beloved singer announced Wednesday that her companies would donate $1,000 a month to “all of those families who lost their homes” in the devastating Tennessee wildfire that has killed at least 7 people. 

Help those who lost their homes in the Tennessee wildfires. Donate to the My People Fund by visiting https://t.co/Uydp1gDCwJ #mypeoplefund pic.twitter.com/xyvXoCeIE1

— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) December 1, 2016

According to local officials, the fire has destroyed at least 400 structures in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee, since Monday. Guests of the nearby Dollywood theme park were forced to evacuate the premises.  Read more…

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