Dolly Parton’s Star Studded Telethon Raises $9Mil For Tennessee Fire Relief [VIDEOS]

Dolly Parton’s Star Studded Telethon Raises $9Mil For Tennessee Fire Relief [VIDEOS]

Dolly Parton’s Star Studded Telethon Raises $9Mil For Tennessee Fire Relief [VIDEOS]

One of the things I like the most about this amazing country we live in is our compassion for others. I know it doesn’t seem like it lately, but the fact is, there is more good than bad out there. There is more laughter and hugs than sniping and name calling to be found. And helping those in need? In ways big, small, and immeasurable people are being helped by their fellow Americans. One prime example is the horrific fires that ravaged at least two counties and decimated the towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee. People from all over the country have stepped up to help. Including one of Tennesee’s own, Dolly Parton.

She grew up in Sevier County and still considers it home.

So needless to say, the scope and ferocity of the fires broke her heart.

But Dolly didn’t wait for others to help out. After she checked on her family…

“My first thought was my family,” Parton said, her voice breaking with emotion. “Just my family, that’s always your first thought. It was so scary.”

She put a plan in motion through her Dollywood Foundation, the very same foundation that has brought books and the joy of reading to thousands of children over the years through her Imagination Library.

Think about that. $1,000 a month for six months to each family left homeless from the fire. What a gift from the heart from one of America’s best treasures.

The fires burned well over 12,000 acres, left hundreds of families out of work, over 300 homes lost, businesses burned to the ground, and 14 people died. $1,000 a month doesn’t seem like much but in the grand scheme of things, those funds and the heart behind it will go a very long way to helping people get back on their feet physically and mentally. Tuesday she hosted a telethon to raise funds for the My Peoples Fund.

Some very big names were there.

“It’s my place to do this,” Parton said before a live show featuring performances from Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Chris Stapleton, Amy Grant, Chris Young, Alabama, Alison Krauss, Cyndi Lauper, Hank Williams Jr. and more. “I should do it.”

And boy did she! Her efforts and her ability to wrangle some very big names to help and open their pocket books brought needed publicity to the cause.

And America responded beautifully.

WOW! The greatness of America right there!

Thanks to Dolly, those devastated by the fire will have a chance at Christmas and a strong chance at rebuilding their lives. Dolly is indeed a national treasure. Thanks to her, we are beautifully reminded that compassion, at a time when we need it the most, begins at home.

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  • Rusty Shackleford says:

    I’d like to see DJT say something about this; if he did the coffers would really swell! He’s like Johnny Appleseed, spreading optimism and promise instead of Granny Smiths and Golden Deliciouses!

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