Dolly Parton Calls for Kindness and Good Deeds on Her 75th Birthday

"We can't just hope for a brighter day, we have to work for a brighter day"
Dolly Parton Calls for Kindness and Good Deeds on Her 75th Birthday
Legendary country music icon Dolly Parton is celebrating her 75th birthday today, and in lieu of any in-person performances, celebrations or presents, the singer is asking for one thing from her followers: kindness.

In a message posted to Parton's website, she signed off on an open letter asking her fans to phone their friends, donate to charity, volunteer, adopt an animal and do good in the world.

Forever a beacon of light in these dark times, Parton's message is the latest in a string of benevolent acts. Last year, she brought joy to the holidays with her feel-good festive film Christmas on the Square, helped fund research for the Moderna COVID vaccine, made Stephen Colbert cry tears of happiness and stood in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Read her full message (preferably in a Tennessee accent) below.

Dolly Parton's birthday wish this year is a heartfelt call for kindness. Well, another year has rolled around and what a year it has been. Like everyone else, it is now my turn for a COVID covered birthday. So what do you do? What do you want? Should you even celebrate?

I am choosing the quiet path so I can stay close to the ones I love to count my blessings and think hard about what this new year will bring.

However, I do have a birthday wish that I want to share with you. My wish is that everyone does something a little different today. Let's call it a call for kindness. If you want to donate to your favorite cause, then donate. If you want to give an old friend a call during these lonely times, give them a call. If you can safely volunteer, then raise your hand to do so. If you decide that today is the day you get a dog, then run down to the shelter and find your new buddy. The choices are limitless.

I always encourage people to dream big but I also take great care to follow that up with the message to work hard. We can't just hope for a brighter day, we have to work for a brighter day. Love too often gets buried in a world of hurt and fear. We have to work to dig it out so we can share it with our family, our friends and our neighbors. So today, January 19th, let's get to unearthing love. Love is more contagious than a virus so let your best self shine in a glorious light and others will be inspired by you.

This is my birthday wish and may your birthday wishes also come true.