Specifically, Bonsall — who is also a published author — is donating 100 percent of his royalties from the sale of his latest book, “From My Perspective,” to the recovery of the Taneyhills Community Library in Branson, which was damaged during the Leap Day twister.
According to a press release from Bonsall’s publisher, Sheaf House, the funds will be donated from sales made March 5-April 5. During that period, Sheaf House will also contribute an additional $3.50 per copy sold, for a combined total of $6.54 going to the library for every sale.
The catch is that the books need to be purchased directly from Sheaf House to count. Hardcover copies of “From My Perspective” retail for $18.99 each.
“When my book publishers contacted me with a desire to do something for Branson in the wake of these awful storms, I was moved and touched by their generosity,” Bonsall said in the release.
“I thought a great place to concentrate efforts would be the damaged library.”
The release said Bonsall and the publishing house hope to raise $15,000 to aid the almost 80-year-old Branson institution, which translates to selling roughly 2,300 copies.
According to the release, “From My Perspective” is a collection of Bonsall’s commentaries, with subjects ranging from “banjos to barn swallows.”
The book features stories from Bonsall’s 35-year career with the Oak Ridge Boys, including moments with celebrities such as the late Johnny Cash and Dottie Rambo.
The Taneyhills library is a private, nonprofit organization owned and run by the Taneyhills Library Club.
Joe Bonsall, longtime member of the Oak Ridge Boys, is now doing his part to raise funds for the tornado relief effort.