We’ve all seen the news coverage of Hurricane Harvey that ripped through southeast Texas in late August. The images have been gut-wrenching. But now we are seeing firsthand accounts of the destruction from some of our favorite country artists, and it is even more devastating than we thought.

Texas-based country star Wade Bowen visited the hard-hit coastal town of Rockport, Texas, but he didn’t go empty-handed. The “Mood Ring” singer deployed delivery trucks to Waco and New Braunfels, where donations and supplies were collected to be distributed to volunteers and first responders in the area. He also encouraged fans to attend his show in Corpus Christi by dropping the admission price and accepting donations to the Corpus food bank.

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When they finally made it into Rockport to deliver supplies, they captured a bit of video, and it is worse than you could imagine.

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Texas native, but now Los Angeles resident and rising country artist Coffey Anderson made the trip to his homeland with a cargo van full of supplies and donations, and even slipped on some work gloves to lend a hand at cleanup.

He and pal Carly Nunn also held a free benefit concert in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land to collect even more donations.

Relief efforts are ongoing as it is being estimated that it will take many, many months to clean up and begin the rebuilding process. As you can see from the images in Wade’s video, in Rockport, Port Aransas and elsewhere along the Texas Gulf Coast, communities suffered complete devastation.

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Chris Young’s GoFundMe campaign is still open and nearing $400,000 of its $500,000 goal, and Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt just exceeded his $20-million goal for flood relief. In addition, Miranda Lambert announced that her MuttNation Foundation rescued and relocated 120 pets from affected animal shelters to make room for other pets displaced during the flood.

You can help by contributing to either of these causes, or Google “Hurricane Harvey Relief” for lists of organizations with specific needs.

And this fall and winter, as businesses become operational again in the Lone Star state, consider a Texas vacation and help give their economy a nudge.

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Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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