For those of you that listen to my morning show, you know that Gatlinburg Tennessee is a magical place for me and my family. Our family has been visiting this region of the country for almost 50 years. Its scenic beauty and the kindness of its people have held a special place in my heart for as long as I can remember.
As you know, Gatlinburg and the surrounding region have suffered terrible losses due to wild fires that have swept the region. Families have lost their homes. Businesses have burned to the ground. Over a dozen people have lost their lives and almost 200 people were injured.
This beautiful place needs our help.
Dolly Parton hails from this area. These people are her people. This is the land of her ancestors.
Miss Dolly and her friends are holding a benefit concert to support the people of this area. Dolly’s foundation has pledged to give each family who has lost their home one thousand dollars ($1,000) per month until they can get back on their feet and rebuild their lives.
Let’s give Dolly and her friends a hand and help the good people of this region who have lost so much.
The website to make a tax deductible contribution is dollywoodfoundation.org – Just click on the My People Fund.
Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. (EST). Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry are just a few of the new names added to perform during the event, which also has added three new broadcast partners, AXS TV, RFD and The Heartland Network.
In addition, USAToday.com and USA Today National Networks to live stream the telethon on their affiliate newspaper websites, including all Tennessee newspaper sites Tennessean.com, Knoxnews.com, commercialappeal.com, jacksonsun.com, theleafchronicle.com, dnj.com, and others.
I know money is tight, especially this time of year. Please do what you can, no matter how large or how small, to help Dolly and friends help these good people.