Coronavirus: Dolly Parton donates $1M to Vanderbilt Medical Center for research

Coronavirus: Dolly Parton donates $1M to Vanderbilt Medical Center for research
Country singing legend Dolly Parton said she would not mind returning to the cover of Playboy next year for her 75th birthday. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Dolly Parton has donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for its efforts to research COVID-19, the country music legend announced on social media Wednesday.

“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 toward research of the coronavirus for a cure," Parton wrote in an Instagram post. "I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations,” she said.

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Parton, 74, tweeted the same message on Twitter.

Parton is also working with her charity, The Imagination Library, to read a children’s book on YouTube every Thursday at 7 p.m. EDT for 10 weeks. The Imagination Library provides children free books by mail every month and the program is available in all 50 states and five countries.

“Good Night With Dolly” already has 1,587,805 children registered, and 133,899,247 books have been mailed, according to her website.