Kentucky-native singer-songwriter Tyler Childers is helping out an Eastern Kentucky community in need. Several residents of Martin County, Ky. were left without access to water after a January outage. Many residents are still dealing with water outages.
Childers, who grew up in nearby Lawrence County, is stepping up to help his neighbors. The artist will pay for 500 cases of clean water to be delivered to Inez, Ky.
"It's a big deal for someone like Tyler Childers to help raise awareness," chairman of the Martin County Water Board Jimmy Don Kerr told the Lexington Herald Leader. "I think he has a real passion for the water situation."
As word about Childers' delivery has spread, several Kentucky residents have made plans to deliver water to Martin County.
Eastern Kentucky residents have been struggling with limited access to clean and safe water for the past 20 years. Residents of Martin County have reported brown water and water that smells like diesel spewing from their faucets.
According to the Lexington Herald Leader, Childers has been following the community's water issues on the Facebook page Martin County Water Warriors where county residents share their own stories of lack of access to safe water.
"If more people that had a following would reach out and do a little thing like this, we could be doing a whole lot better," Martin County resident BarbiAnn Maynard told the Lexington Herald Leader . "He picked a very good cause. Being from Louisa, those are our neighbors -- it's good to see our neighbors thinking of us."
Childers released his critically acclaimed album Purgatory in 2017. He was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2018 Americana Honors and Awards ceremony.