It’s been a long weekend of weather for residents of the eastern part of Texas. Hurricane Harvey has caused destruction along the east coast of Texas, killing five, battering the shoreline and destroying homes and businesses, and as the storm moved inland, tornadoes and torrential rain have left communities devasted by flooding. Hardest hit have been areas around Rockport and Galveston, and the city of Houston is measuring its flooding in feet, not inches.
With one of the biggest markets for country music in such distress, of course country stars have wasted no time springing into action to extend their help to residents of the Lone Star state.
Obviously, most businesses were closed in anticipation of the storm, which meant Lady Antebellum’s show in Houston on August 26 was cancelled. They did, however, continue with their show the following night in Dallas and donated the money made from sales of their merchandise to hurricane relief funds.
Lubbock, Texas, native Josh Abbott and his band, also moved quickly to arrange for fans to donate money to flood relief, and get something besides the feel goods in return. Their charitable organization, Josh Abbott Cares, is offering a t-shirt for sale with all proceeds going to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Like many others, Dierks Bentley expressed his heartbreak and said that he, too, wanted to help.
Young Texas artist Dalton Domino is putting his back into his effort, and it looks like he’s started a movement. Dalton posted a message on his Instagram stating that he was making a trip to east Texas with supplies, and invited anyone who wanted to contribute to join him. From the looks of the comments, there will be a caravan heading east.
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One of the most heartbreaking (and heartwarming) messages of support came from Chris Young, who has a personal connection to east Texas. “I have friends and family there, and I’m fairly positive my house down there may have to be torn down because it’s in one of the hardest hit areas by wind and flooding, but that’s the least of my concern,” he says in a video shared on social media. Chris goes on to say that his greatest concern is the people affected by this tragedy, so he sat up GoFundMe account to assist in the massive expenses that are being incurred as a result of the destruction.
Despite the fact that Young kicked off the account by donating $100,000 of his own money, an internet troll claiming to offer “honest news for a dishonest world,” and operating on the premise of spreading the word of God, accused Chris of being self-serving.
In the coming days, we will likely hear of more ways for interested parties to donate and support efforts to assist those in need in Texas. However, keep in mind that Hurricane Harvey is still active and is expected to continue to travel across Texas for the next few days.