Trace Adkins to Donate Proceeds From Concert to Flood Victims
Trace Adkins knows firsthand the effects of losing a home to catastrophe, as the singer lost his family residence to a house fire five years ago. But that's just one of the reasons he will donate the proceeds from his Saturday night (Sept. 17) show in Vinton, La., to the American Red Cross.
According to a press release, Adkins — a Louisiana native — will specifically fund relief efforts in his home state after flooding killed 13 people and caused over $8 billion in damages.
“We are so grateful to Trace Adkins for his long-standing support of the Red Cross and for stepping up again now when his home state of Louisiana is in need,” says Don Herring, chief development officer for the American Red Cross, in a press release. “Funds generously donated by our partners like Mr. Adkins and the general public are essential to our ability to immediately fulfill the mission of the Red Cross when disaster strikes.”
In 2011, the Adkins family's home burned to the ground after a fire started in the garage. The star was not home at the time, and a nanny and his two daughters safely escaped while a neighbor helped rescue the family's animals. Previously, Adkins urged his fans to help with the Red Cross relief efforts to aid tornado victims instead of worrying about him and his family, who he said were doing fine.
“I have been blessed. My kids are okay, my wife is okay. I have my guitar and my songs. Everything else can be replaced,” he told CMT at the time. “Unfortunately, there are families out there who need help if they’re to rebuild after these recent storms. The American Red Cross was one of the first on the scene to help my family and, through their work, others will receive the assistance they need to get back on their feet."
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