Granger Smith, Luke Combs, Josh Abbott Band Join Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
As Hurricane Harvey, now downgraded to a tropical storm, continues to wreak havoc on the Texas coast and in East Texas, more country artists are pledging to help those affected. Granger Smith, Luke Combs and the Josh Abbott Band are among the country stars urging their fans to do what they can for the hurricane victims.
Smith, a Dallas, Texas, native, is now donating 100 percent of profits from merchandise sales through his online store to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts; on Facebook, Smith's wife Amber also reached out via a video message to solicit donations to the Texas Diaper Bank, which will provide diapers and related items to those who need them while Texans are displaced due to the hurricane. Over the weekend, Lady Antebellum, too, donated merch proceeds, specifically from their Saturday night (Aug. 26) concert in Dallas, to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Combs, meanwhile, tweeted on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 29) that he would be donating $10,000 to Samaritan's Purse, "a non-denominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world," and called on fans to help in whatever way they can as well. According to the organization's website, Samaritan's Purse is sending five disaster relief teams to help Hurricane Harvey victims.
Also Texans, the Josh Abbott Band are selling a special T-shirt, emblazoned with the state of Texas and the words "My Texas," and donating the proceeds to "accredited organizations helping in disaster recovery." The shirt costs $30 and is available through JABCares.org, the official website for the Josh Abbott Band's own charity program, which "partner[s] with deserving organizations to support their efforts through helping raise awareness and support financially when needed."
Hurricane Harvey dumped two feet or more of rain on areas near the Texas coast and in the eastern part of the state over the weekend, and even more rain is expected. CNN reports that officials are expecting 450,000 people to need disaster relief assistance; FEMA Administrator Brock Long calls the storm “a landmark event for Texas.”
In addition to the above-mentioned country artists, both Chris Young and Miranda Lambert are also helping with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts: Young has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for those affected by the natural disaster, encouraging his fans to donate whatever they can to the fund, which will be given to the Red Cross and other local Texas disaster relief organizations, and giving $100,000 himself. Lambert's MuttNation Foundation, meanwhile, is headed to the affected parts of Texas to do whatever they can for the animals displaced by the storm.
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