When disaster strikes, country music stars are always among the first to answer the call for help. After Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the Northeast in October, several artists came forward to offer their assistance. Throughout the CMA Awards, dedicated to hurricane victims by opening performer Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood encouraged viewers to give through the Red Cross, providing ways to do so.
For Justin Moore, the hurricane was personal. His publicist Carly Caramanna and her family lost their home and business along the Jersey Shore. Just two days later, her father died from a heart attack. To aid her and other Jersey Shore residents, Justin hosted a benefit concert at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. Joined by Jake Owen, Randy Houser and Thomas Rhett, more than $20,000 was raised.
“I was completely blown away by the Nashville community,” Carly said. “Their love and support has kept us going through this difficult time.”
In addition to the $20,000 raised, Big Machine Label Group and Scott Borchetta presented the Caramanna family with an additional donation. Proceeds from the concert were divided between the Caramanna family and hurricane victims through the Jersey Shore Relief Fund.
Scotty McCreery turned his Christmas concert at the Beacon Theater in New York City into a benefit concert to help Hurricane Sandy victims, with a portion of ticket sales going to World Vision’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. “Being from North Carolina, I have seen firsthand what hurricanes can do,” Scotty said. “After seeing the devastation caused by Sandy, I wanted to figure out a way to help.”
Kenny Rogers partnered with the Bergen Performing Arts Center and the Englewood Fire Department in Englewood, New Jersey to collect toys for children in need in Bergen County, an area of New Jersey hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Kenny brought his annual Christmas and Hits Tour to the town and matched up to $10,000 to purchase toys for the drive. Additionally, Fisher-Price donated 200 toys and Mattel offered a special discount on toys purchased with monetary donations raised during the drive.
“As I sit here day after day watching on TV what has happened to the people of your state, I keep thinking and praying for everyone ‘up there’ and I realized ‘I’m going ‘up there,’” Kenny said. “It’s really tragic to see, as an outsider, all the destruction that has taken place – the lives, the houses and the businesses that have all been lost. What really breaks my heart, though, is to think of all the kids in the community without toys this Christmas. That should never happen.”
Additionally, Gary Allan hoped his new video, “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain,” would encourage people to give to the Red Cross to support Hurricane relief efforts, while Due West offered a free download of “What Would You Take” to encourage donations to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.