Dolly Parton surprises Tennessee wildfire victims with huge payout

When Dolly Parton’s hometown went up in flames because of wildfires late last year, she stepped into action to raise more than $9 million for the relief efforts. Families who lost their homes in the fire were eligible for payouts from the My People Fund for $1,000 a month for six months to help them get back on their feet.

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The final payment is going to be much bigger though. According to Knoxville TV station WATE, the Dollywood Foundation has confirmed that the final check going to each family will be $5,000 instead of $1,000.

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Parton is expected to announce soon what she’ll do with the rest of the money raised for the relief fund.

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