Dolly Parton is donating $1 million toward coronavirus research.
Parton is donating to research currently being conducted at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on a cure for the coronavirus.
Parton said in an Instagram post: “My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure."
She encouraged others who can afford it to make donations as well.
In addition to the donation, Parton this week announced a bedtime reading series aimed at comforting children during the pandemic and subsequent school closures across the country.
The “Goodnight with Dolly” series will launch today under Parton’s nonprofit organization, Imagination Library, which sends free books to children around the world.
Parton offered a message of hope in a recent Instagram post, saying when the pandemic ends, “we’re going to all be better people” and asking people to “keep the faith.”