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He doesn’t want any credit, which just shows the kind of man Kenny Chesney is. But ever since Hurricane Irma decimated his beloved Virgin Islands in September, he’s practically become a one-man relief operation, and his island neighbors are incredibly grateful.


Kenny lost his own home on St. John during the devastating storm, but that was the least his concerns. Getting food, water, emergency and medical supplies, pet food and cleanup equipment to the affected residents was more top of mind, and Kenny used his own plane and his own money to tirelessly get the job done. The plane was also used to get some people who had lost their homes out, including two teenage brothers who were flown to Philadelphia to be reunited with their mother.

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Kenny also founded a charity, the Love For Love City Foundation, raising funds to help with long- and short-term recovery efforts. In one of a handful of media interviews he gave to shine a light on the foundation and the great need for aid to the region, Kenny said, “All we’re trying to do is … help build morale and get people back on their feet.” He added, “Music, time and love will heal all of it.”

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Kenny’s behind-the-scenes humanitarian work is one of the nominees for Story of the Year at the Rare Country Awards. It’s now up to you to decide the winner at RareCountryAwards.com. Voting begins Nov. 13 and goes until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

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Phyllis Stark is a Nashville-based entertainment journalist who has been reporting extensively on country music (and loving every moment of it) for more than two decades.
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