Dolly Parton Shocks Tennessee Wildfire Victims With Extremely Generous Payout

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When the wildfires hit Gatlinburg, Tennessee late last year and devastated her hometown, Dolly Parton knew she had to do something big to help the place she loves get back on its feet. 

So, Parton jumped into action, raising more than $9 million for the relief efforts. Through her Dollywood Foundation, she made it possible for families to be eligible for $1,000 a month for six months from the My People Fund to help them get back on their feet, Rare Country reports.

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But the families affected by the fire are about to get a huge surprise. According to Knoxville TV station WATE, the final paycheck going to the families will be $5,000, not $1,000. 

It's expected that Parton will announce what she plans to do with the rest of the money raised shortly. Regardless of where the rest of the funds go, the impact the country legend is making in the lives of the families who will receive those checks is simply astounding. 

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