Families affected by last year’s wildfires in East Tennessee have already been receiving $1,000 each month through Dolly Parton’s My People Fund, but they recently noticed an extra surprise when they received their final check. Thanks to fundraising efforts, the Dollywood Foundation officials were able to give a $5,000 check to each family in need to assist in the rebuilding and recovery efforts. That brings the total amount each family received to $10,000.
- The money was raised by contributions from across the country, as well as donations made through the Smoky Mountains Rise telethon which took place in December.
- In addition to the money given through monthly check distribution, at least $3 million will be contributed to the Mountain Tough Recovery Team which will help residents during the critical rebuilding period ahead. This program will begin helping families on June 1.
- People who want to help the Mountain Tough Recovery Team can visit www.mountaintough.org for information on how to donate, how to volunteer and much more.