The powerful queen of country music Dolly Parton, who has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years and an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, is not famous only for her amazing professional career but for her generosity also.
For instance, in 1995 she launched Imagination Library, which is program who sent brand-new books to every child living in her hometown Sevier County, Tennessee.
For interview with FOX411.com she stated “Well, it all goes back to my Daddy”. “He was a good provider for us, but I often wondered just how far he could have gone if he could read or write.”
The program spread internationally and was huge success as it sent 76 million books. But this is not the end of her generosity.
The wildfires which happened in 2016, swept through Sevier County, causing $1 billion in damages. The sparks from a fire near the Chimney Tops Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains were spread through hurricane-force winds destroyed miles of drought-stricken forest, homes and killing 14 people.
Immediately after authorities had the wildfires under control, Parton founded My People Fund and made a promise to 921 individuals in Sevier County who lost their homes in the blaze, that she will provide to them $1000 per month.
This program was planned to last six months. But there was a huge surprise for the families when thay came to get their final checks at Pigeon Forge’s LeConte Center.
The checks instead of $1,000 were for $5,000 bringing the total funds each individual received to $10,000.
The explanation came from administer of My People Fund, David Dotson, president of Dollywood Foundation, “We had a surplus with the money we raised and have been talking about doing this for the last couple weeks. We talked about the best route we wanted to take to properly distribute the funds that we had remaining.”
“I just don’t know what we would have done without this Dolly fund,” resident Amanda Green told Knoxville News Sentinel. “I’m still in shock.”
This was one big and amazing surprise but not the last one. The signer announced the creation of an organization called Mountain Tough.
The Mountain Tough is $3 million organization pledged to support fire victims for the next three years, and will be established immediately after the conclusion of the My People Fund project.
When asked about the outreach, Parton said, “It makes me feel humble. … [W]hen you’re in a position to help, you should help.”
And this is the Parton’s way of doing things. Back in 2011, she told Fox News that “when I leave this Earth, I hope that my journey made things just a little bit better.”
“A little bit better” is statement that underestimates influence that she has. Parton’s help is definitely making all the difference in the world.
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