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Dollywood donates thousands to help feed Sevier County families

Dollywood continues to give back to the Sevier County community with a huge donation to help feed people in need in Sevier County.
Dollywood continues to give back to the Sevier County community with a huge donation to help...
Dollywood continues to give back to the Sevier County community with a huge donation to help feed people in need in Sevier County.(WVLT)
Published: Dec. 17, 2020 at 4:45 PM EST
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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Dollywood continues to give back to the Sevier County community with a huge donation to help feed people in need in Sevier County.

Thursday, Dollywood delivered a $32,427.15 donation to the Sevier County Food Ministries.

Dollywood hosted Sevier County Days during Smoky Mountain Christmas where all of Sevier County can enter the park for just $5. That money is donated to the ministry to help with the nearly 1800 families they serve a week.

Dorothy Johnson, Steering Committee Chairperson, says without places like Dollywood supporting the ministry, they wouldn’t be able to help as many people.

“We have so many grandparents raising grandchildren and they are precious and we want to take care of them. We don’t want anyone in Sevier County to go hungry,” said Johnson. “If they quit giving to us it would sure cut down what we put in these bags. Dolly doesn’t want anyone in Sevier County to go hungry either.”

“Dolly is always leading with a shining example of giving back to her community and that’s why the Sevier County Days are really important,” said Eugene Naughton, Dollywood’s President. “Working in the theme park business all across the world, I do think the biggest differentiator that makes Dollywood what it is, is the heartfelt care that our host community leans into. To not only service the guests, but also service the guests that come and live here.”

The ministry says to remember, they’ll still need donations in January, one of their busiest times when many businesses close and employees are laid off.

They could also use volunteers if you’re looking to give back. Go here for more information.

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