Blake Shelton is a busy man these days, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to do some good things in this world. Over the weekend, he took time to help out a very special children’s hospital in Oklahoma City during one of his concerts.
The hospital, The Jimmy Everest Center, helps treat children who have blood disorders and blood cancers. Oftentimes, they never ask for payment from families seeking their assistance. Shelton donated $600,000 to the center to help cover some of their costs.
During the concert, he pulled a couple of doctors from the center on the stage and presented them with the check. Shelton raised the funds during his Oklahoma City concerts over the weekend.
“They don’t turn any kids away,” Blake told the crowd as he was presenting the checks. “You come in there, you have a problem, they don’t turn anybody away. So I thought, that’s a place that needs some money.”
Shelton actually has a personal connection with the hospital. His cousin, Aspen, received treatment at the Jimmy Everest Center after her cancer diagnosis in 2015. He wanted to honor the center and his cousin in a special way because of her treatment there.
Naturally, the center expressed their appreciation and gratitude for the gift and say that it will have an immediate effect. Just last year, they saw an increase of 120 pediatric patients with a new diagnosis of cancer. The funds will go to help these children and their families through this difficult time of treatment and healing.
When Blake isn’t presenting huge checks to children’s hospitals, he’s busy touring the world. Along with being able to see him on the upcoming season of The Voice, you can also see him on stage with Luke Bryan for Crash My Playa 2017 in January.