The country music legend Dolly Parton spoke out on Monday to send a powerful message of support to homeless young people.
“Whether there’s a pandemic or not, everyone needs to feel safe and secure,” Parton said in a clip from the Night of Covenant House Stars gala. “I know from myself we all go through hard times, we’re all scared, we all get nervous.”
She went on to recall a time early in her life when she was “really going through some things.”
“I thought, ‘You know, I really need to dig deep inside and think about who I am, where I’m going, what I want to do with my life.’ And we do have every chance in the world if we just take it,” Parton said, before singing her song, “Light of a Clear Blue Morning.”
Entertainment Tonight reported that Parton will be joined at this event on Monday night by Meryl Streep, Ryan Reynolds, Robin Roberts, Stephen Colbert, Jon Hamm, Jewel, Zach Braff, Dionne Warwick and more. Cohosted by Audra McDonald and John Dickerson, the theme of the gala is “Stand Up, Stand Strong,” and it will recognize and celebrate the resilience of young people who are unhoused. It will also honor the frontline staff working 24/7 to keep them safe during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
This comes after we reported that Parton had opened up to Oprah Winfrey about why she never had children.
“I didn’t have children because I believed that God didn’t mean for me to have kids so everybody’s kids could be mine, so I could do things like Imagination Library because if I hadn’t had the freedom to work, I wouldn’t have done all the things I’ve done,” Parton said recently. “I wouldn’t be in a position to do all of the things I’m doing now.”
Imagination Library was created by Parton, and it provides books for free to children from birth to the age of 5 in communities throughout the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.
Fox News reported that Parton believes that not having children actually helped her career in music.
“Since I had no kids, and my husband was pretty independent, I had freedom,” she said. “So I think a big part of my whole success is the fact that I was free to work.”