Surviving a calamity is already a blessing. But not because the calamity already ended, so is the problem. Still, victims have to face more challenges. This is especially true when nothing's left for them and they have to start from scratch again. Certainly, they need assistance.
In 2016, massive wildfires wrought havoc in Sevier County. Estimated amount of damages equaled to $1 billion. Victims lost their homes and some even lost their loved ones. According to reports, 14 people died in the tragedy.
When the well-known queen of country music Dolly Parton learned about the devastation, she eagerly formed the My People Fund, a cause that aimed to provide $1,000 a month in cash to 921 fire victims.
My People Fund was intended to run for six months. However, when the fire victims came to receive their final checks, they got a very nice surprise. Instead of $1,000, they received an amount of $5,000 on the final month. So they received a total amount of $10,000 for the entire six-month duration of the program.
Still, Parton prepared another great surprise for the families. After the My People Fund, another project she initiated which she called ‘Mountain Tough' is going to begin. The project pledged to support the fire victims in the next three years.
Talking about the outreach program, Dolly Parton expressed her great desire to help people in need, especially when she's in the position to do it.
For the fire victims, what Parton did is a huge help.
“I just don’t know what we would have done without this Dolly fund,” resident Amanda Green told Knoxville News Sentinel. “I’m still in shock.”