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Country music superstar Dolly Parton has followed through on her pledge to help the victims of the recent Gatlinburg, Tenn., wildfires.

According to WBIR, hundreds of victims received their first checks Thursday from Parton's My People Fund, which she established in order to give each family $1,000 a month for up to six months.

At her telethon Tuesday night, Parton raised more than $9 million to help these families.

Watch the below video for highlights from the telethon.

"Dolly, thank you so much. This check goes to our resort that we've been staying at because they've been helping us and I owe them $900," George Beaulieu, a wildfire victim, said. "It's carrying us through since the fire, and I thank everybody in this community."

The distribution of checks continued Friday and will also be held next week.


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