Carrie Underwood wrapped her Blown Away Tour in Abbottsford, BC Thursday night with a one million dollar donation to the American Red Cross for disaster relief. The charitable contribution comes from the tour’s concert proceeds. While the charitable component was established when the tour launched in the spring of 2012, it has a very personal meaning for Carrie now, following the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
“I have watched the devastation in my home state of Oklahoma over the past several days with great sadness,” she said. “With the help of my fans who attended my concerts over the past year, we can offer the Red Cross a little extra help in comforting those affected by the recent tornadoes.”
“The impact of the tornadoes in Oklahoma and the Midwest was devastating and the road to recovery will be long for many families,” Neal Litvack, chief development officer for the Red Cross, said. “Through the generosity of Carrie, the American Red Cross can quickly respond with shelter, food and comfort now, and with lasting help as they move toward recovery.”
Earlier in the tour, following a performance in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Carrie donated the night’s proceeds to support the response and relief efforts in New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Proceeds from her Canadian concerts will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross.
Every year, the American Red Cross prepares for and responds to nearly 70,000 disasters across the United States where they provide shelter, food, and emotional support for those in need.