Dolly Parton is showing just how big her heart is by making a donation to One America Appeal to help support Hurricane Relief.
One America Appeal is a joint appeal that was launched by all five living former American Presidents to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey and was soon expanded to include areas affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
“After the tremendous outpouring of support my hometown received last winter after the wildfires raged through the area, I want to do my part to help other areas affected by natural disasters,” Dolly said. “I admire and respect this effort led by our Presidents so it is an honor for me to contribute to their work.”
In addition to the financial contribution, Dolly will launch a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, First Book, and Penguin Young Readers to provide 500,000 books to hurricane-affected areas through the First Book National Book Bank.
Dolly’s foundation kicked off the campaign with a donation of 165,000 books and the $90,750 needed to cover the shipping and handling charges to make books available quickly and at no cost to educators affected by the storms.
“I know in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, books are not the first thing people need or miss,” Dolly added. “But I also know from our past experience that after some time has passed, families, schools and libraries are eager to replenish their shelves, and their hearts, with books. First Book asked us to join with them to get the right books in the right hands at the right time and we were pleased to do so.”
To donate and to find out more information about First Book go to support.firstbook.org.