Go Dolly Parton, it’s your birthday. Reese Witherspoon is going to party (and donate) like it’s your birthday
The award-winning actress has been a very vocal, long-time fan of Parton since the hills of Hollywood called her away from her home in Tennessee to become a mega-superstar. In honor of Parton turning the big 7-2, Witherspoon thought of no better gift to present to the country music icon than to show her charitable side to the Imagination Library, Parton’s very own organization.
“Few people in this world have touched my heart like Dolly. She has been my inspiration all my life. Her kindness, her humility, her beautiful spirit. Help me wish @DollyParton Happy Birthday!!! 🎂🎂🎂 In honor of this extra special Southern gal, 100% of today’s profits at @DraperJames will go to Dolly’s charity, @imaginationlibrary. 💕 Dolly! #HBD 🎉,” Witherspoon wrote next to an adorable picture of the two sharing a smile while holding a signature ‘What Would Dolly Do’ bag from Draper James.
Witherspoon started Draper James with the intention of spreading Southern fashion around in its charming and sweet ways, with stores selling gingham-patterned dresses and adorable graphic totes. Even the actress herself sports looks from the Draper James line from time to time, inspiring the femininity and beauty of all kind women. The Imagination Library supports children in their reading development by gifting young ones with books from birth until grade school in select areas. The program was started by Parton herself back in 1995, and has sent millions of books across the country to lucky boys and girls hoping to learn new words before they head off to school.
Fans can head to any of the four Draper James storefront locations or online to pick up a special item for their wardrobe and donate all of the proceeds to the Imagination Library today only (1/19).
I was taking Millie for her late-night urging her on so we both wouldn’t get completely drenched in a steady rain, when along came a shappy figure the gloom, his gait wobbly, arms extended to greet my dog. The man looked at me with a boozy grin and asked, “Which way to Bellevue.’
“Strait across. Just keep going east,” I answered . A few minutes Millie and I ducked into a bodega. There was the man again trying to get people to give him cash. I think Bellevue is a better option my friend .You will get three square meal and a bed ” I urged. Then I moved on. But not totally .
I can’t help but see myself in a drunk on the street. I’ve been there . Even now I still I still have that paralyzing moment of shock and recognition when I encounter someone in the throes of addiction. That was me. I think that could still be me.
I woke up the next morning, still thinking about the guy. The rain had gone and the sky was a hard blue. I checked my phone. There was an e-mail alert about the worldwide weekend of prayer for the addicted.
A day rarely goes by when I don’t pray for some suffering addict ‘s even . Today I know who will be in my prayers., even if it’s me. Today I know who will be in my prayers. Lord, addiction has plagues humankind ever since the dawn of time.
Yet recovery is possible with YOU, a day at a time, a prayer at a time – Edward Grinnan