Dolly Parton is an undeniable icon. It’s nearly impossible to find a country fan that hasn’t heard of her in some capacity. The thing is, her influence goes far beyond selling records and topping charts. She’s actually quite the humanitarian as well. Despite how much good she’s done, the star often stays humble regarding these acts and doesn’t promote them very much. Still, someone should. That’s why we’re here to share how the trailblazer raised over $700k for folks affected by the aftermath and destruction of August’s Tennessee floods. Check it out.
Dolly Parton Teams Up with United Way
According to AP News, the damages from the Tennessee floods in late August were extensive. During this time, over 500 homes and multiple businesses sustained these damages. Reports showed that the areas hit the hardest received nearly 17 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. It’s nearly impossible to prepare for those conditions, and the towns, unfortunately, paid the price.
When Dolly Parton learned about the unfortunate situation, she knew she wanted to do something. So, she turned to another country legend, who also happens to be one of her closest friends: Loretta Lynn. Lynn actually helped Dolly get through a different natural disaster– the wildfires back in 2016. When Dolly asked how she could help in this situation, Lynn suggested partnering with United Way. So, a part of the proceeds from ticket sales for Dollywood and Parton’s handful of dinner show properties went directly to victims of the disaster– nearly $1 million dollars at that. One of Lynn’s ranch foremen actually lost his life to the floods along with at least 19 other people. Humphreys County got hit the hardest.
In an official statement from her website, Dolly said the following:
“After the Sevier County wildfires in 2016, Loretta was one of the first who reached out to offer anything she could,” Dolly said. “It meant so much to me that Loretta—and so many folks—were ready to give in any way they could. This was just one small way I could help Loretta’s people for all they did to help my people.”
Staying Grateful and Remembering the Little Things
As Dollywood undergoes a makeover for all the fall and Halloween festivities, Dolly’s inspirational words continue to line the property. More recently, the park dropped a bit of wisdom from the country star in front of a stacked pumpkin display. It reads as follows:
“I make a point to appreciate all the little things in my life. I go out and smell the air after a good, hard rain… These small actions help remind me that there are so many great, glorious pieces of good in the world.”
How’s that for a Dolly Parton sermon? Check it out below: