Country artists band together to help Hurricane Harvey victims

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Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on Texas. Now, people from all over the nation are banding together to help its victims. Since many of the country music artists come from Texas, the devastation has weighed heavy on the hearts of country music fans and stars everywhere. For this reason, many stars are collecting donations and helping out the victims any way they can.

One of the first stars to reach out about the devastation from the hurricane was Chris Young. He quickly set up a GoFundMe account to help victims of the disaster. He donated the first $100,000 himself and fans have helped raise nearly $400,000 in additional funds. Young says he has friends and family and even owns a home himself in the area. He believes that the home sustained a lot of damage, but he isn’t concerned about it at this point in time.

Miranda Lambert decided to help out differently. She sent her MuttNation Foundation team to the Houston area to help rescue animals. So far, they’ve made sure hundreds of animals stranded by the storm are safe.

Lady Antebellum wound up having to cancel their scheduled Houston show on Aug 27. However, they decided to donate all their merchandise sales money from their Dallas show on Aug. 26 to the victims. Josh Abbott Band did something similar through their JAB Cares organization. They are using their “My Texas” shirt sales to help benefit the victims of the disaster.

Artists Brothers Osborne, Reba McEntire, and several others encouraged their fans to donate money to the Red Cross. Others, like George Strait and Dierks Bentley, sent their prayers to those in Houston stating that they were looking into ways they could help personally. Strait has gone on to plan a benefit concert for the cause.

Other celebrities outside the world of country music have also begun raising money for the cause. JJ Watt raised an impressive $30 million  through his YouCaring campaign.

Many celebrities are stepping up to help. But, we will need a whole lot more to get the people of Houston, and the surrounding areas, back on their feet again. Hopefully, many others will follow in their footsteps soon. If you want to help with the efforts, here are some ways you can donate.

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