You Can Help Too!
Dolly Parton is celebrating a birthday today. The beloved country music icon is now 72 years young and another famous Tennessee native is celebrating in a big way! Reese Witherspoon and her brand, Draper James, are celebrating Dolly by declaring that 100 percent of today’s profits, both online and in stores will be donated to Imagination Library of Middle Tennessee, Parton’s charity.
Parton grew up in rural east Tennessee and her father was illiterate. This inspired her to create a program that both championed reading as well as helped foster the desire to learn in young children.
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In its inception in 1995, Parton was sending free books every month to children from birth to five years old in her home county. Today, the stories sent by the Imagination Library reach children all around the world. Parton says in her foundation’s mission statement, “When I was growing up in the hills of East Tennessee, I knew my dreams would come true. I know there are children in your community with their own dreams. They dream of becoming a doctor or an inventor or a minister. Who knows, maybe there is a little girl whose dream is to be a writer and singer. The seeds of these dreams are often found in books and the seeds you help plant in your community can grow across the world.”
Draper James regularly pays homage to the music legend with a popular line of “What Would Dolly Do” bags, t-shirts and accessories.
So it is a natural fit that they choose to celebrate Parton’s special day in this special and meaningful way. If you are in Nashville today, the Draper James store is hosting a birthday party where you can shop, snack on cupcakes, toast to Dolly with champagne and snap a photo in the Dolly Parton photo booth. If you can’t make it in store, do not fret. Shop online today and you can get something fabulous for yourself while helping enrich the lives of children. That sounds like a win, win to us! Happy birthday Dolly!