After Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday night meteorologists swiftly upgraded it to a category four hurricane. Torrential rain and winds of up to 170 mph wracked the gulf coast in Corpus Christi, Rockport and Port Aransas. As the storm moved further inland it slowed to a crawl and was downgraded to a tropical storm. The storm is moving at 2 miles per hour and is stalled over Houston where it dropped more than two feet of water overnight on Saturday.
As images of the devastation started pouring in, some celebrities announced their intention to contribute to relief efforts. Here are just a few of the good hearted men and women of the country music world who are working to raise money for victims of hurricane Harvey.
Chris Young went online to post a video to those affected by the storm. He donated $100,000 to a Gofundme account, and encouraged others to donate as well. The account has already garnered over $39,000 more in donations.
Young is a native of Tennessee, but he lived in Arlington before signing with RCA. He stated that he has friends, family and a home in the area, but his main concerns are for the victims of the storm.
Lady Antebellum had a gig to play in Houston on Sunday but had to cancel because of the weather. They posted a notification to Twitter that they are donating all the proceeds from their merchandise sales at their Saturday night show in Dallas to hurricane victims.
On Friday, Texas natives Josh Abbott Band tweeted “As Harvey approaches, the TX coastline is on our hearts. Let us know of opportunities we can assist those affected in areas of devastation,”. As part of their charity, Josh Abbott Band Cares, the band is selling T-shirts to raise money for hurricane victims.
Country radio DJ Bobby Bones donated $10,000 and is combining his St. Jude Pimpin’ Joy fundraiser with an impromptu effort to help relief efforts.
Bones also released a Texas Forever T-shirt and all of the proceeds from the sale of the shirt will be donated.
Bones, a former longtime Texas resident, expressed frustration and a feeling of powerlessness, which many Texans are feeling right now.