Country Music Legend Dolly Parton stunned Tennessee families when she pledged to give a monthly cash donation to help the individuals who were affected by the Smoky Mountain wildfires last year.
While the promised $1,000 per month to help the victims was certainly generous, Parton had a couple additional surprises to help the families.
As soon as authorities had the blaze under control, Parton jumped into action. She formed the My People Fund, and pledged to provide $1,000 per month in cash to the 921 individuals in Sevier County whose homes had been destroyed by the fire.
The program was only supposed to run for six months. But when families showed up to get their final checks at Pigeon Forge’s LeConte Center this month, they got an amazing surprise.
Instead of checks for $1,000, they discovered the checks were for $5,000.
Parton followed up her incredulous act of hospitality to announce she will continue to give to people who are affected by wildfires:
But that wasn’t the only surprise Parton had in store. She also announced the creation of an organization called Mountain Tough.
Mountain Tough will pick up immediately after the conclusion of the My People Fund project. The $3 million organization has pledged to support fire victims for the next three years.