God Bless Dolly Parton!

@FourWalls (16210)
United States
November 30, 2016 9:08pm CST
I am a fan of Dolly Parton's. I have been since I was a little girl and watched her on the Porter Wagoner syndicated TV show on Saturday afternoon. Dolly was born and raised in Sevierville, Tennessee, which was a small town when she was growing up 70 years ago. It still is a small town, but thanks to Dolly's international superstardom it's "on the map" as her hometown. There is a statue of her in front of the county courthouse. One town to the south, in Pigeon Forge, her attractions Dollywood, Splash Country, and the Dixie Stampede are popular tourist stops for the millions who visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year. If you've watched the news in the past couple of days you know that the town of Gatlinburg, next door to Pigeon Forge, was brutalized by a fast-moving wildfire whipped up by hurricane-force winds on Monday evening. It was particularly heartbreaking to me because I love that area. I go there when I need to "run away from home," when I need to celebrate, when I need to recharge my spiritual batteries, or for no good reason. Today Dolly Parton announced that she is giving back to her devastated home county in a big way: she is donating $1,000 a month to the families who've lost everything until they can get their insurance claims settled and get back on their feet. Additionally, Dollywood announced this evening that, although this is the "slow season" for the area, they will do everything they can do to provide temporary employment for those whose places of employment were destroyed in the fire. God bless the people in Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas. God bless the firemen and first responders. And God bless Dolly Parton for her generous spirit, giving back to the people who made her the legend she is!! Here's Dolly's great song about her home region:
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@marlina (80503)
• Canada
12 Dec 16
Dolly Parton has always been a very generous soul.
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@JudyEv (140998)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Dec 16
It is good that Dolly hasn't forgotten her roots. Many of these great names don't which is pleasing to see.
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@JohnRoberts (66926)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Dec 16
How good of her. She has really given back to her community in a manner rarely done by a celebrity.
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@celticeagle (121017)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Dec 16
She is a dear isn't she? I have enjoyed her for many years. A true fan. She is quite a lady.
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@Tampa_girl7 (27407)
• United States
1 Dec 16
That is so wonderful of her. What a blessing for those she will help.
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@teamfreak16 (42458)
• Denver, Colorado
1 Dec 16
Yep, Dolly rules!
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@silvermist (20096)
• India
1 Dec 16
@FourWalls Dolly Parton is a favorite of mine too as .It feels nice to know she is helping the affected people in such a big way.And it is good that you have posted this discussion .Thanks for the link to that beautiful song.
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