Dolly Parton announced a new fund to assist the victims of the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires in Tennessee.
Seven people have died in the fires and dozens were injured. The search continues for more who are believed missing.
Parton built Dollywood here and it is a signature attraction in Gatlinburg. The park closed after the wildfires erupted days ago but it is expected to reopen Friday.
"I have always believed that charity begins at home," Parton said in a statement posted on her foundation website. "We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires."
The money would come through the foundation, funded through donations from Parton, local businesses and outside donations. Several celebrities have expressed interest in helping, he said.
He said people can donate through Dollywoodfoundation.org.
Parton was raised in Locust Ridge, a remote part of Sevier County. She stayed there until she graduated high school and moved to Nashville.
Dotson quoted a saying Parton often offers: "I've never left Sevier County. I always take Sevier County wherever I go."