As we enter a new political age in America, one that looks as though it will be characterized by bigotry and greed, it is a delight beyond description when stories surface which highlight people who are doing good works and caring for others.
This week drought-stricken Sevier County, Tennessee, has been burning as a series of wildfires swept across one of the most naturally beautiful areas of America. The fires have destroyed hundreds of homes in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas, and also burned part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - and threatened the "Dollywood" entertainment park and complex. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes, and at least seven deaths have been reported.
Enter Dolly Parton.
The irrepressible Ms. Parton, a country star of the first order, grew up in the hills where the fires did their worst. As someone with a long history of charitable works to her credit, Dolly did not hesitate to act when told of the enormous devastation caused by the wildfires. In addition to much immediate aid to the victims, she also said that the Dollywood Foundation would begin issuing $1,000 monthly checks to the families who have been left homeless by the blaze. The money will continue flowing until those families are back on their feet.
If the dawning Age of Trump leaves you cold, take a bit of heart in knowing that some people with means still have a conscience and a connection to humanity.
Thank you, Dolly Parton, for being a good person and a great American.
(Donations may be made to Dolly Parton's "My People Fund" by visiting her website.)