Generosity in wake of wildfires

We always knew we liked her. This bit ran in yesterday’s New York Times:

“Dolly Parton, one of country music’s most enduring entertainers, said she will donate $1,000 a month to each family that has been left homeless by the wildfires that destroyed much of a town and left at least seven people dead in her home state, Tennessee, this week.

“In a video statement published on her website, Ms. Parton said the newly established ‘My People Fund’ would use online donations and money from her foundation and her extensive business interests to provide for these families for six months,” the paper reported.

“’I have always believed that charity begins at home,’ Ms. Parton said. ‘And that’s why I’ve asked my Dollywood Companies — including the Dollywood Theme Park; the DreamMore Resort; my dinner theater attractions including Dixie Stampede and Lumberjack Adventure; plus my Dollywood Foundation to help me establish” the fund. It’s not exactly known how yet how many families might qualify for her generosity, but still. Seeing that sort of dedication to one’s hometown and its people is lovely.

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