Dolly Parton is opening her heart again for the Tennessee wildfire victims Joel Ryan/Invision/AP
Dolly Parton performs on the main Pyramid stage at Glastonbury music festival, England, Sunday, June 29, 2014. More than 175,000 are expected to have arrived at Worthy Farm in Pilton to watch hundreds of acts amongst headliners, Arcade Fire, Metallica and Kasabian.(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

The deadly wildfires on Nov. 28 that spread across many acres of land in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee hit home for many folks, including country music legend Dolly Parton.

Not only did the devastation take place near the icon’s popular Dollywood theme park located in Pigeon Forge, but it also claimed the lives of 14 innocent people and injured dozens of others.

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Dolly has already shown that she has a big heart and a generous soul. As Rare Country previously reportedm, she has teamed up with the Dollywood Co. and the Dollywood Foundation to create the My People Fund that will give $1,000 per month for half a year to the wildfire victims who lost their homes. But, that didn’t stop the Sevier County native from going a step further.

In the hopes of raising even more money for the cause, Dolly has chosen to put together a three-hour telethon. According to the Tennessean, the Nashville-based telethon is scheduled for Dec. 13, and all proceeds will go to Dolly’s My People Fund.

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“It’s really a work in progress,” Dollywood Director of Communications Pete Owens told the outlet regarding the upcoming charity event. “We’re working through the logistics now and determining the partners that are going to work on it.”

The My People Fund has already raised more than $1 million despite the planning needs for the telethon. If you’d like to donate to the victims of the fire, visit

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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