Sipa USA via AP
December 01, 2016 at 06:40 PM EST

In response to a series of devastating wildfires that recently tore through the Great Smoky Mountains, Dolly Parton announced on Wednesday her plan to create a fund for those in East Tennessee who were affected. 

“We want to provide a hand up to all families that have lost everything in the fires,” the country singer says in a video announcing the initiative. 

According to Parton, My People Fund was created to “provide a hand-up to all of those families that have lost everything in the fires” and will set out to “provide $1,000 a month to all of those families who lost their homes in the fires until they get back on up their feet.” 

Parton is a native of Tennessee and notes that “charity begins at home.” She also owns several attractions in Tennessee including the Dollywood Theme Park, DreamMore Resort, Dixie Stampede, and Lumberjack Adventure. 

Beginning Dec. 2, those who wish to donate to the fund can do so by visiting

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