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Dolly Parton gives millions to wildfire victims

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Country music legend Dolly Parton has given nearly 900 families $ 10,000 each after they were forced from their homes by deadly wildfires in Tennessee last year.

The singer-songwriter said the last payments had been made this week to help those affected by the devastating blazes.

Firefighters stand by a destroyed home after a wildfire forced the mandatory evacuation of Gatlinburg, Tennessee in a picture released November 30, 2016.

Image: People were forced to flee the blazes that claimed 14 lives

The star, whose catalogue of hits includes Jolene and 9 to 5, started the My People fund after wildfires struck last November, killing 14 people in the Gatlinburg area and destroying or damaging thousands of buildings.

As part of the fund-raising effort, Parton, who is from Tennessee, held a star-studded telethon to bring in hundreds of thousands of donations.

GATLINBURG, TN - NOVEMBER 30: The remains of a home smolder in the wake of a wildfire November 30, 2016 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area and over 100 houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Drought conditions and high winds helped the fire spread through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Image: The wildfires left a trail of destruction in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

However, the singer is not calling a halt to her charitable support.

She has announced $ 3m will be used to start a new fund called Mountain Tough Recovery, which will continue to assist residents affected by the fires.

Parton said the new fund would help meet the emerging needs of people in the area, as they seek to rebuild their lives.

View of Gatlinburg wildfire from a vehicle on the road Video: Nov: Driving through Tennessee wildfire

She added: “Things you don’t even think about. For instance, medicine for older people, or people that have maybe been injured in the fire.

“Or people that have jobs, but don’t have transportation that maybe lost their cars in the fire. Lot of them did.

“Just those special needs that you don’t even realise they can go to the Mountain Tough folk.

“So they are set up to take care of that.”

Thanks to: Entertainment News – Latest Celebrity & Showbiz News | Sky News

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