Country Music Stars Contribute to Hurricane Relief: What You Can Do
It’s been over two weeks since Harvey had its first landfall on Texas’ coast, when the category 4 hurricane’s slow movement led to catastrophic flooding in southeast Texas. Since Major Disaster Declaration was declared on August 25, many have been actively contributing to hurricane relief efforts, including country music stars.
CMT will be airing a telethon Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief tomorrow, September 12, at 8pm ET. ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC will also air the multi-network event again at 8pm PT as a way to unify the nation, raising funds for hurricane relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and Hurricane Irma hit Florida. You can also stream the event live on Facebook and Twitter.
During the telethon, select performances will be broadcast live from George Strait’s Harvey relief benefit concert in San Antonio’s Majestic Theatre. Strait has invited Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton and more to perform at the benefit show. Celebrities, including Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, George Clooney, Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, Matthey McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Adam Sandler, Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and more, will be helping out at the telethon that will conclude with a finale performance by George Strait live from Majestic Theatre.
You can donate to Hand in Hand via text, their website and by phone from the start of the show until one hour following the show’s conclusion. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas and the Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief.
The Hand in Hand telethon is not the only way you can join in supporting Harvey relief. We’ve put together a list of a few ways our friends in the country music world have been contributing; we welcome you to participate.
Chris Young hopes to make a difference by donating $100,000 to relief efforts. Although Young is certain his house has been leveled by the high-winds and flooding, the structure is his least concern, he said in a Twitter video. “I’m worried about the people there … my friends, family, neighbors and I want to help.” Young has set up a GoFundMe account for donations to be routed through the Chris Young Foundation and will be distributed directly to Harvey relief via The Red Cross and other disaster relief organizations. Help Young raise the remainder of his $500,000 goal by visiting the Harvey relief GoFundMe account.
Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves and Pat Green, all with ties to Texas, have joined forces to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Harvey through T-shirt sales. The T-shirt of The Eli Young Band reads “Texas Bands Together” on the front and “Harvey Will Not Defeat Us” on the back, and can be purchased on their website. All monies raised from the shirt sales will go directly to the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Musgraves, who has been at the Nashville Red Cross helping answering phones, is donating proceeds from her Texas Rope T-shirt to Harvey victims, and Green is also donating proceeds from his Texas On My Mind T-shirt sales to hurricane and flood relief efforts in South East Texas.
Luke Combs has contributed $10,000 to Samaritans Purse, a non-denominational evangelical Christian organization that “mobilizes staff and equipment and enlists thousands of volunteers to provide emergency aid to victims” of natural disasters. There are currently five Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief units in Texas, with volunteer bases set up and operating in Houston, Pearland, Victoria, Rockport/Portland and Santa Fe, to equip staff and volunteers as they serve residents recovering from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. If you would like to donate to or volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse (they need as many volunteers as 1,000 a day), visit their website.
Kip Moore & professional skateboarder Tony Hawk put on the 2017 Music City Skate Jam Sept. 10 at Music City Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville. The event featured skateboarding demos by Hawk and performances by Moore, Jordan Davis and Dee Jay Silver. Proceeds were set to go to Moore’s Kip’s Kids Fund and Hawk’s Tony Hawk Foundation, with the goal of supporting both skatepark communities as well as those affected by Hurricane Harvey.