All eyes have been on Texas since August 25 when catastrophic Hurricane Harvey made its first strike on the Lone Star state causing devastation to land, homes and sadly, human lives. Among the hardest hit has been the bustling city of Houston, which still has areas under water. Fortunately, once a Texan, always a Texan, and one of Houston’s native sons, Clint Black, is ready to lend a hand.
With a home in Katy, Texas, part of the greater Houston metropolitan area, Clint has watched as his city has been pummeled by wind and rain, but he told ET Online, “”We’ve been very lucky down there, counting our blessings and praying for everyone else.”
He also sang the praises of the area’s first responders and others who have traveled from out of state to help with the recovery.
“I know that people came from as far away as Utah and just jumped in the water and started rescuing people,” he said. “We got the Cajun Navy that came over from Louisiana … So many states [are] sending their rescue workers. So many citizens [are] pitching in. It’s really heartwarming, when you see all the suffering, when you see all the worry and grief, it’s uplifting to see how many people will jump into that nasty water and pull someone to safety, or their pets.”
Part of counting his blessings means that Clint is making plans to help in the relief efforts.
“I know a lot of us are going to be looking at ways to lend our voices, our music, our songs, auction guitars, cowboys hats, boots, whatever we can do to get people to reach into their pockets,” he said. “I’ll be making donations to the Salvation Army, myself. I have great faith in them to find those that are in the greatest need, so we’ll be looking for all those ways to help.”
Chris Young, who had a home on the Gulf Coast of Texas, is one of the country stars offering assistance and encouraging others to join him in a GoFundMe campaign that has raised more than $300,000 and counting, the first $100,000 of it his own money. George Strait, who still resides in San Antonio and also had a coastal home, has announced that he is organizing an event to help with disaster relief that will include the entire country music community. And one of the last stars to cancel a show because of the weekend’s weather, Billy Joe Shaver, is also one of the first to reschedule with a show benefiting hurricane victims.
It’s been remarkable to see the fortitude and resilience displayed by Texans as a large portion of their state has suffered such devastation. And while Harvey, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm, moves northeast to the Beaumont area, Houston is still under water. More rain is in the forecast for the area next week.