Dolly Parton calls for 'kindness' as her birthday wish

'Today, January 19th, let’s get to unearthing love.'
Dolly Parton
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By RADIO.COM

As Dolly Parton celebrates her 75th birthday today, she has one simple wish. No it’s not a new car, home remodeling, or anything material. Instead, it’s “a call for kindness.”

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The Country icon took to Twitter on her 75th birthday and issued a beautiful statement to her followers. “This year my birthday wish is a call for kindness,” she wrote. “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. So today, January 19th, let’s get to unearthing love.”

Her tweet links out to an extended letter Dolly wrote to fans on her website. “Well, another year has rolled around and what a year it has been,” she wrote. “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.”

Parton continued: “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,” she added. “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.”

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